The retail community has had a curious relationship with the Ivanka Trump brand over the last year or two. Some prominent brands proudly display her clothing, shoe and accessories lines. Others carry it, but really don’t highlight it too much, and some have decided to drop it all together.

At the end of the day, the jury seems to still be out whether the presence of her brand moves the needle or not. Ironically, the political world finds itself in the same place — trying to decide if her brand moves the needle on issues that seem to be important to her. And many of those issues affect entry-level employers like retailers.

Ivanka caused a stir at the Republican National Convention last summer by directly taking on the pay equity issue during her prime time speech — not an issue Republicans have traditionally spotlighted at…