- Kristopher Fraser |
Well, that didn't seem to take long. On Tuesday, FashionUnited reported that groups were petitioning to have Macy's dump Donald Trump's brand due to his remarks in the announcement for his presidential bid where he referred to Mexicans as "rapists" and "killers". Less than 24 hours later, Macy's has announced that they will no longer be carrying Donald Trump's fashion line.
In a statement, Macy's said, "“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.”
Surprisingly, Trump has actually seen respectable poll numbers in Iowa and New Hampshire in regards to his presidential candidacy, but, his political ambitions are certainly doing nothing to help his business endeavors. NBCUniversal and Univision have decided not to broadcast the Miss Universe or Miss USA pageants, although Trump has said he will sue the networks for breach of contract. There is no telling where Trump could lose business next, but, things certainly aren't looking good for him.
Macy's officially dumps Donald Trump brand
The MoveOn.org petition which put pressure on Macy's to dump Trump's brand, garnered over 700,000 signatures as early as this morning. Macy's, who is working hard on bringing in more Latina shoppers, was quick to dissociate themselves from the man who is certainly on the Latina community's list of least favorite people right now. Trump has said that the end of his relationship with Macy's is his decision, although it seems that Macy's was the one bringing down the ax in this relationship.
Trump even took to his Twitter account to insult Macy's, saying "For all of those who want to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain, boycott @Macys. They are weak on border security & stopping illegal immigration." He even went as far as to say that NBC and Macy's support illegal immigration, and that he was never happy that the clothing that bared his name was made in China.
“Should I start a new product line somewhere in the future, I would insist that they are made in America,” he said. He might still be pursuing his political ambitions, but, for now, it seems that his fashion business is over. It still seems like he hasn't learned his lesson about insulting the Hispanic/Latino community, however, which is rather unfortunate.