Macy's is pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from its
stores after the Republican presidential candidate's recent controversial
remarks created a public uproar. The department store has come under intense
pressure to cut ties with the real estate magnate and businessman after he
referred to immigrants from Mexico and other countries "killers and
Macy's carries a variety of Donald Trump brand attire,
including dress shirts, neckties and cuff links. Trump has also appeared in
Macy's commercials. A MoveOn.org petition calling on Macy's to sever
its relationship with Trump had collected well over 700,000 signatures as of
Angelo Carusone, who started the "Dump Trump"
movement in 2012 to protest Trump's "birther" theories about
President Barack Obama and launched the Macy's petition, lauded the department
store for making the "right decision." This is not the first fallout for Trump, who
launched his White House bid in mid-June. Last week, Univision announced that
it would cancel its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, which is partially owned
by Trump, and that it would cut all business ties with him. NBC Universal,
which had jointly owned the Miss USA pageant and Miss Universe pageant with
Trump, has also severed its relationship with the brash White House
candidate. Trump was also the host of "Celebrity Apprentice," which
airs on NBC, and will no longer be a part of the reality TV show.
Trump said in a statement that it was his decision to
terminate his relationship with Macy's, and accused both the department store
and NBC for supporting illegal immigration. He also said that if he were to start
a new product line in the future, he would make sure that his ties and shirts
are made in America.
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