Google dismantled Donald Trump's latest salvo on the search engine

  • Google issued a methodical statement dismantling US President Donald Trump's latest attack on it.
  • Trump tweeted a video purportedly showing that Google has not promoted his State of the Union address for the past two years.
  • Google debunked this, and archived web pages support their statement.


Google is fighting back.

After Donald Trump widened his line of attack on the search engine giant, Google swiftly debunked the US president's tweet in a methodical statement.

Using the hashtag "#StopTheBias," Trump posted a video claiming to show how Google has promoted Barack Obama's State of the Union speeches, but ignored his own address to Congress for the past two years.

"For years, Google promoted president Obama’s State of the Union on its homepage," the 24-second video states. "When President Trump took office, Google stopped."

Google disagreed. In a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, the company said:

"On January 30 2018, we highlighted the livestream of President Trump’s State of the Union on the http://google.com homepage.

"We have historically not promoted the first address to Congress by a new President, which is technically not a State of the Union address. As a result, we didn’t include a promotion on http://google.com for this address in either 2009 or 2017."

There's evidence to support Google...

Google's statement is supported by records on internet archive website Wayback Machine, which shows that the search engine had indeed promoted live coverage of Trump's State of the Union this year. This was backed up by a screenshot posted to the "r/The_Donald" community on Reddit.

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...and questions over whether Trump's video was doctored

Other inconsistencies in Trump's video have also been pointed out. BuzzFeed and others noted that the 2016 screenshot in Trump's video appears to feature a Google logo that was ditched in September 2015. Here's the Google blog in which the company explains its new look.GoogleGoogle/Donald Trump/Twitter

Finally, Wayback Machine shows that Google also ran a Cinderella doodle on January 12, 2016. This does not feature in the short video that Trump tweeted.

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Amazon and Whole Foods

The e-commerce giant carries both Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump merchandise, from the book "The Art of the Deal" to Ivanka Trump's shoe line. Whole Foods was added to the boycott list after being acquired by Amazon in 2017.

For what it's worth, some Trump supporters on Reddit have also called for a boycott of Amazon because CEO Jeff Bezos said he wants to send Trump to space. Bezos has also said the president "erodes our democracy around the edges."

Amazon will continue to sell Ivanka Trump's shoes and handbags for at least the next few months under a current licensing deal.

HSN

The Home Shopping Network no longer sells the Trump Home line of home furnishings but continues to sell official commemorative Trump coins. It remains on the #GrabYourWallet boycott list. 

Wegmans

The regional chain, which has notoriously loyal customers, sells wine from Trump Winery — run by President Trump's son Eric — at Virginia locations. It remains on the #GrabYourWallet boycott list. 

Perfumania

While Perfumania cut ties with the Trump family in July 2015, the company recently restocked its Donald Trump fragrances, like Empire by Trump and Success by Trump. It also carries Ivanka Trump's perfume line. It remains on the #GrabYourWallet boycott list.

Macy's

While the chain banned Donald Trump's menswear line in 2015 after the president referred to Mexican immigrants as "rapists," it continued to sell Ivanka Trump's lines of clothing, jewelry, and handbags.

The company has now been removed from the #GrabYourWallet boycott list.

Bloomingdale's

The retailer sells Ivanka Trump's shoes and handbags. It will continue to sell these products for at least the next few months under a current licensing deal.

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Zappos

The shoe company carries Ivanka Trump shoes, clothing, and handbags. The retailer will continue to sell Ivanka Trump products for at least the next few months under a current licensing deal.

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Winners

The retailers, which are owned by the same parent company, TJX, have been selling Ivanka Trump clothing and shoes. 

The company has now been removed from the boycott list.

Lord & Taylor

The retailer sells Ivanka Trump clothing, jewelry, and handbags. It will continue to sell these products for at least the next few months under a current licensing deal.

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Bed Bath & Beyond and Buy Buy Baby

The retailer has been selling Ivanka Trump diaper bags at its Buy Buy Baby stores. These are currently unavailable. 

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Dillard's

The retail chain sells Ivanka Trump clothing and accessories. It will continue to sell these products for at least the next few months under a current licensing deal.

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

6pm

The discount retailer has been selling Ivanka Trump's line of shoes, clothing, and accessories. 

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Bluefly

The apparel company has been selling Ivanka Trump's line of shoes and handbags. 

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Burlington Coat Factory

The discount department store no longer sells Ivanka Trump clothing and accessories online, but it reportedly has continued to sell the first daughter's line at brick-and-mortar locations.

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Overstock.com

The discount company has been selling Ivanka Trump's shoe and clothing lines. 

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Ross

The budget retailer has been selling a range of brand names, including Ivanka Trump's fashion lines.

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Saks Off Fifth

The department store has been selling Ivanka Trump's shoes online.

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Walmart

The retail giant has been selling Ivanka's shoe, apparel, and handbag lines. 

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Belk

The Southeastern department store chain no longer sells Ivanka Trump's line of shoes and handbags online, but it has been selling the brand in brick-and-mortar stores. 

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Century 21

The department-store chain has been selling Ivanka Trump clothing and accessories. 

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Filene's Basement

The retailer has been selling Ivanka Trump's brand. 

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Stein Mart

The upscale department store has been selling Ivanka Trump lines, including perfume and handbags in stores, but not online.

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

Bon-Ton, Carson's, and Elder Beerman

The retailers — owned by the same parent company, which is in the process of liquidating — have been selling Ivanka Trump's clothing line. 

The company has now been removed from the boycott list. 

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