Macy’s is the latest to dump Donald Trump over his comments about immigrants, pledging to rid itself of the Donald’s signature fragrances, satin neckties and non-iron shirts.
The national department store chain said in a written statement that “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,” the company said. “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.”
Macy’s announcement follows an online petition in which more than 700,000 people called for the store to get rid of Trump.
Trump, though, insists he’s the one who is firing Macy’s.
“I have decided to terminate my relationship with Macy’s because of the pressure being put on them by outside sources,” Trump said in his own written statement.
“While selling Trump ties and shirts at Macy’s is a small business in terms of dollar volume, my principles are far more important and therefore much more valuable,” he said. “I have never been happy about the fact that the ties and shirts are made in China, and should I start a new product line somewhere in the future, I would insist that they are made in America.”
Trump, when he announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on June 16, made comments about immigration that have sparked widespread criticism.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said at the time. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems. And they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
NBC Universal earlier this week announced it would not show the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants co-owned by Trump. The Spanish-language Univision television network previously announced it would not air the July 12 Miss USA pageant or work “on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.”
Macy’s decision means shoppers won’t be able to find products like the “Success By Trump” fragrance.
“Success By Trump captures the spirit of the driven man,” says the Macy’s website, which lists the product as currently unavailable. “The scent is an inspiring blend of fresh juniper and ices red currant, brushed with hints of coriander. As it evolves, the mix of frozen ginger, fresh bamboo leaves and geranium emerge taking center stage, while a masculine combination of rich vetiver, tonka bean, birchwood and musk create a powerful presence throughout wear.”