An Iowa salon owner was forced to defend her business after her own community slammed her for providing services to Ivanka Trump.
The first daughter visited the state and took a tour of the Aspiring Professional Experience program at the Waukee School District with Republican Governor Kim Reynolds on Monday in promoting President Trump’s infrastructure plans.
“Proud of Iowa’s innovation in education! #WorkforceDevelopment is my #1 priority & we showcased it at @WaukeeAPEX during @IvankaTrump’s visit yesterday. Teaching skills to help students land high-demand jobs is critical to Iowa’s – and our nation’s – future. #iagov,” Reynolds tweeted with a video.
With a focus on workforce development, Trump joined the governor in a roundtable discussion following the tour which included interacting with students and an experiment on the nicotine content of “vape juice” in the high school chemistry lab, according to the Des Moines Register.
Talking #WorkforceDevelopment and Infrastructure in Iowa today! @realDonaldTrump’s #Infrastructure initiative includes a robust plan to expand skills-focused learning to prepare the next generation of American workers for 21st century job opportunities. pic.twitter.com/10md8d5tnz
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 19, 2018
Incredible visit to Waukee APEX, a center where high paying jobs are seamlessly linked with motivated and highly skilled students. Through hands-on learning and #WorkforceDevelopment the careers of tomorrow are being created today! ? pic.twitter.com/QbLfdr6jkc
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 19, 2018
And while students may have appreciated the chance to show off their skills, one local business owner was savaged on social media after sharing a photo of Trump and the governor. The women had stopped in for styling at Salon Spa W in Des Moines before the day progressed. As any business would typically do, the salon posted a photo of the pair on Facebook with the caption: “Our Monday kicked off with styling Ivanka Trump for her visit to Iowa! We [love] supporting women in politics.”
Never mind supporting women in politics – or any other profession, for that matter. Facebook users blasted the salon for making the fatal mistake of hosting and providing services for Trump.
“I prefer my “women in politics” to be both, a) elected, and b) principled. Salon Spa W, you’ve definitely lost my business with this cheap publicity ploy,” one comment read.
“I love all the wonderful things Salon W does for our community so it’s such a bummer to see this post as a business brag. Only problem with supporting women in politics is when those women support decisions that weaken and disenfranchise other women,” wrote another user.
Clients of the salon claimed the business “should know better” as others announced they would unfollow the Facebook page, even calling the photo of the women “f—ing gross.”
One Facebook user unloaded on the salon which was previously praised for being “inclusive.”
“Will never book an appointment at this salon again. Total bum out. This salon employs hetero/non-hetero individuals and this just truly sucks. The fact that Salon Spa W was inclusive was always a big A + to me. You put your money where your mouth is as your vote. I loved this salon. I’m so, so disappointed and I can’t imagine how your non-cisgender employees/clients feel. Fail. Won’t ever be back.”
Salon Spa W President China Wong responded to the barrage of nasty bullying in a statement:
Naturally, this set off another wave of comments with many who claimed they were clients vowing never to return. Several Facebook users came to the salon’s defense, however, and said they were “proud” of the business, according to Fox News. Many others joined the support from across the nation, promising they would bring their business to Salon Spa W if they ever visited Des Moines.
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