The China Connection
The problem with our country is we don’t manufacture anything anymore,” Donald Trump told Fox News a year ago. “The stuff that’s been sent over from China,” he complained, “falls apart after a year and a half. It’s crap.” That very same Donald Trump has his own line of clothing, and it’s made in … China. (O.K., O.K. — not all of it. Salon, which reported this intriguing, head-scratching fact, notes that some of his apparel is from Mexico and Bangladesh.)
In April 2006, Trump announced that, after years in the real estate business, he was launching a mortgage company. He held a glitzy press conference at which his son Donald Jr. predicted that Trump Mortgage would soon be the nation’s No. 1 home-loan lender. Trump told CNBC, “Who knows more about financing than me?” Apparently, plenty. Within a year and a half, Trump Mortgage had closed shop. The would-be lending powerhouse was done in by timing (the housing market cratered in 2007) and ironically enough, given Trump’s Apprentice TV show, poor hiring. The executive Trump selected to run his loan company, E.J. Ridings, claimed to have been a top executive at a prestigious investment bank. In reality, Ridings’ highest role on Wall Street was as a registered broker, a position he held for a mere six days.
Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has made a brand for himself, spreading his influence — and cash — across worlds as diverse as real estate, television, Twitter and fashion. Now, however, his controversial political comments may be starting to catch up with him: an online petition is trying to get the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection of shirts, ties and mens’ fragrance dropped by the department store Macy’s.
Angered by Trump’s relentless birther conspiracy theories and neverending rants on Twitter, Angelo Carusone started a petition at signon.org to get Macy’s to fire Trumph; so far it as attracted more than 615,000 signatures. (The last straw, Carusone told Politico, was Trump’s offer of a $5 million donation to charity if Obama would release his college transcripts and passport application.) It has gained moderate steam until the past week, when signers have jumped up by about 50,000 each day.
On its website, Macy’s touts its commitment to “social responsibility,” noting it has a “belief that actions speak louder than words when it comes to helping tackle some of the toughest problems facing us today.” Carusone,who works as an online strategy director for progressive media watchdog Media Matters, uses the store’s own words against it in his petition, urging Macy’s to “dump Trump” over the reality TV star’s “especially unpleasant, nasty and despicable behavior.” He also cites what he sees as Trump’s “sexist” behavior and hypocrisy when it comes to American jobs (Trump has readily admitted his clothing is made in China and other Asian countries).
But Macy’s isn’t budging. CEO Terry Lundgren issued a statement on Wednesday and, in an emailed reply to Carusone, underscored Trump’s right to express his own beliefs. ”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. That is the nature of a free society,” Lundgren wrote.
But it’s unlikely that Carusone will back down. He’s no stranger to pressuring companies to quit controversial figures. He’s reportedly the guy behind the petition to get Glenn Beck removed from the Fox News airwaves. The two-year “Stop Beck” campaign revolved primarily around tweeting at Beck’s advertisers to get them to stop placing their ads on the show; Carusone declared victory in 2011, when Beck announced the end of his Fox News program.
More than 400,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that Macy’s fire human ocarina Donald Trump from their ad campaign and remove his merchandise from their stores. Signers object to Trump’s obsession with the “racially charged birther conspiracy” and his frequent calls for overthrow of the democratically elected government. I guess they have a point—”terra cotta plutocratic genocidal warlord” doesn’t exactly scream THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS.
“Donald Trump does not reflect the ‘magic of Macy’s,” reads the petition via SignOn.org, the progressive nonprofit online campaign arm of MoveOn.org. “We urge you to sever ties with him. Macy’s says it has a strong obligation to be ‘socially responsible’ and that ‘actions speak louder than words.’ Indeed. It’s time to act.”
…Aside from his controversial birther views-which have long been discredited after Obama authorized his birth state of Hawaii to release his long-form birth certificate-the petition also notes Trump has “used his public platform to deny the reality of climate change.” It also smacks him for sexist behavior and “personally attacking women he disagrees” with.
Additionally, his detractors point out the reality star has “hypocritically complained about jobs being shipped overseas to China, despite the fact that almost his entire clothing line sold at Macy’s is made in China.”
Um, yeah, and by the way? Can the fucking Apprentice get canceled already? Can somebody fire Donald Trump from something? Aren’t there ANY consequences for being literally the worst guy in the country!?!? Pleeeeeeeeease??? [E!]