Donald Trump, loud billionaire and 2016 presidential candidate, is out at Macy's.
After Trump made a number of derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants — calling them "rapists" and "killers" — while announcing his presidential bid, a MoveOn.org petition came out demanding that the department store, which carries Trump brand fragrances and clothing, sever its ties with the businessman. And Macy's listened. A rep for the retailer confirmed to Fashionista on Wednesday morning that it will be ending its relationship with Trump, issuing the below statement.
"Macy’s is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion. We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form. We welcome all customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture. We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation. In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004.”
This comes just a few days after Univision and NBC announced that they, too, are ending ties with Trump. He will no longer appear on "The Apprentice," and the networks have dropped their broadcasts of the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, which are a joint venture between NBC and Trump. (Trump, in turn, is suing Univision for $500 million, claiming this a breach of the First Amendment.)
In some regards, Macy's ending its relationship with Trump has actually been a long time coming. Back in 2012, a law school grad named Angelo Carusone — who also started this week's appeal — created a petition asking the retailer to "Dump Trump" over his conspiracy theories about President Obama's birth certificate. At that time, a Macy's rep told Bloomberg that its marketing was "not representative of any political position" and that "many of the individuals associated with products sold at Macy’s — or at any retailer, for that matter — express personal opinions that are not related to the merchandise we sell or to the philosophies of our company.”
This time around it seems those opinions were just too toxic an association for Macy's to handle.