After 11 years, Macy’s has decided to end its working relationship with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump over Trump’s comments about Mexico and Mexican immigrants.
Macy’s decided to end the relationship with Trump over objections from Hispanic customers who took great offense to his comments, which included calling Mexican immigrants "rapists."
They further explained their reasoning in a statement released Wednesday morning.
“Macy’s is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion. We welcome all customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture. We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico,” the statement read.
Since 2004, Macy’s has sold products of Trump’s menswear collection, which included dress shirts and ties, according to CNBC. However, a petition created by MoveOn.org received nearly 750,000 signatures calling for Macy’s to terminate the working relationship.
While Macy’s insists that it was the company’s decision to end the relationship, stating, “We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form” to Fox News, Trump has also “claimed” credit for ending the partnership.
In a statement to Fox 411, Trump said, “I have decided to terminate my relationship with Macy’s because of the pressure being put on them by outside sources.”
Trump later expanded his reasoning in a statement posted to his social media outlets shortly after Macy’s released a statement of their own.
“I have also continually stated that I am not beholden to anyone and this includes NBC and Macy’s. Clearly, NBC and Macy’s support illegal immigration, which is totally detrimental to the fabric of our once great country. Both Macy’s and NBC totally caved at the first sight of potential difficulty with special interest groups who are nothing more than professional agitators, who are not looking out for the people they purport to represent, but only for themselves. It is people like this that are actually running our country because our leaders are weak and ineffective,” Trump’s statement said.
Earlier this week, NBC cut ties with Trump, effectively removing him from his top spot on the primetime television program “The Apprentice.” The network also refused to air the Miss USA Pageant, of which Trump owns.
However, the negative publicity has yet to hurt Trump’s standing in the polls. A CNN poll released earlier today showed Trump in the number two spot among all Republican presidential candidates, only trailing former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
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