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Macy’s Axes Trump Clothing

Macy’s Drops Donald Trump’s Fashion Line Over Immigrant Remarks – First Draft. Political News, Now. – The New York Times.

Finally some important Fashion News. Donald Trump, if you didn’t know, has a company that makes inexpensive line of clothing that is Made In China, Mexico  or Bangladesh for the past ten years. Usually you can find Donald Trump merchandise at discount stores like Burlington Coat Factory and Marshalls/T.J. Maxx/Ross type stores. However, they are sometimes found in first run stores that offers this same level of clothing: Macys. But, unlike Macys, T.J. Maxx/Ross companies who are basically hand-me down stores, are not going to complain about getting hand me down Trumps. However, Macys who are owned by venture capitalists, and are extremely interested in the bottom line, feel that Donald Trump whose jump off the deep end, making enemies of everybody, will be toxic to their profits and have quickly ended the relationship to the paid actor of “The Apprentice” (yes, Trump is only a paid actor on The Apprentice, he has no personal stake in the company).

You may ask if I have something against Donald Trump. Well, all I can say he is the biggest hypocrite on Earth. Clothingmadeinusablog has been serious about “Buy American” and when Trump rallied against “buying cheap Chinese crap”, it was music to my ears. However, he continued to have all of his “crap” made in China, Bangladesh or Mexico. And that was in 2011, see the story. He never did he bring his manufacturing of clothing back to the U.S. And, now, the Donald says:“Should I start a new product line somewhere in the future, I would insist that they are made in America.” Sorry, Mr. Trump, I know lip service when I hear it. Good riddance.

MACY’S Drops Donald Trump’s Fashion Line Over Immigrant Remarks

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Donald Trump, who is seeking to become the Republican Party's nominee for president, at an event in Bedford, N.H., on Tuesday.
Donald Trump, who is seeking to become the Republican Party’s nominee for president, at an event in Bedford, N.H., on Tuesday.Credit Dominick Reuter/Reuters

Another arm of Donald J. Trump‘s business empire is suffering repercussions from his presidential run: his fashion line.

Macy’s, the department store chain, is ending its relationship with Mr. Trump and phasing out his line of suits, shirts and ties after remarks he made about Mexican immigrants. During his presidential announcement earlier this month he called them “killers” and “rapists” while discussing the need for tougher border control.

“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,” Macy’s said in a statement. “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.”

The backlash comes as Mr. Trump has performed well in early polls in Iowa and New Hampshire but is increasingly seeing his business interests under pressure now that his policy views are in the spotlight.

The move comes after a MoveOn.org petition that garnered more than 700,000 signatures calling for Macy’s to cut ties with Mr. Trump.

The decision comes as Macy’s has made a big push to court Hispanic shoppers, launching a new line of apparel, shoes and jewelry earlier this year with Thalía Sodi, a Mexican pop star. It is one of major retailers, like Kmart, which have been showering attention on the country’s fast-growing Hispanic population. A report published by Nielsen in March estimated that multicultural consumers spend upwards of $3.4 trillion a year, and make up the fasting growing segment of the consumer economy.

The decision by Macy’s is the latest financial setback for Mr. Trump since he announced his candidacy for president. Univision, the Spanish language network, already decided to end its relationship with him, canceling plans to air his Miss USA pageant in July, and NBC Universal followed suit this week after a Change.org petition pressured the network.

Mr. Trump has threatened to sue the networks for breach of contract.

Pageant participants have also protested Mr. Trump’s remarks, which he has continued to stand by.

Mr. Trump said on Wednesday that the breakup was his decision and was made because of pressure that Macy’s was facing from outside groups.

He called his relationship with the retailer small in terms of dollar volume and insignificant in comparison to his beliefs on immigration.

“I have always said that if you are successful, it is very hard to run for office, especially the office of president,” Mr. Trump said. “I have also continually stated that I am not beholden to anyone and this includes NBC and Macy’s.”

A defiant Mr. Trump also accused the companies of supporting illegal immigration and said he was never happy about the fact that the clothing the company sold bearing 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.

Hiroko Tabuchi contributed reporting.

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