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 than700,000 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.
Obama and Jeb Bush Agree: Peas Out (of Guacamole)
President Obama and Jeb Bush have found something they agree on: Peas in guacamole are a no-no.
The meeting of the taste buds came after The New York Times posted a recipe suggestion on Twitter that adding peas was a good idea. The recipe, which started a debate on Twitter so raucous that Mr. Obama was asked about it, suggests that “the peas add intense sweetness and a chunky texture to the dip, making it more substantial on the chip.”
But Mr. Obama begged to differ. Asked about the recipe in a Twitter chat on Wednesday, the president was steadfast in his support for the traditional recipe.
There were few proponents of peas on Twitter and even Mr. Bush, the Republican from Florida who is running to succeed Mr. Obama, concurred.
For Mr. Obama, the subject of guacamole is no laughing matter. Last year he revealed that a good bowl of chips and guacamole was one of his weaknesses.
“I lose my mind,” he said of his love of the dip.
Of course, peas are not exactly banned from the White House. Michelle Obama, the first lady who is a proponent of healthy eating, featured a recipe for a minty spring pea salad in her book “American Grown.”
Sam Sifton, The Times’s food editor, noted that the paper had more than a dozen recipes for guacamole, but defended the addition of peas.