Macy’s said Wednesday that it will discontinue its business relationship with Donald Trump, removing from its stores a collection of ties and other menswear that the chain has carried since 2004.
The department store said it is parting ways with Trump because of disparaging comments he made about immigrants from Mexico during his recent announcement that he is a Republican candidate for president. In his speech, Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists.”
“We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico,” Macy’s said in a statement. “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.”
In a statement, Trump said that it was his decision to end his business relationship with Macy’s “because of the pressure being put on them by outside sources.”
The retailer is not the first company to decide that a business relationship with Trump was toxic: Earlier this week, NBC Universal parted ways with Trump, saying it would no longer air his Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants.
Trump criticized both companies for their reactions to his comments.
“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,” Trump said.
The Donald J. Trump clothing line includes ties, dress shirts, cuff links and blazers — the kind of attire that wouldn’t be out of place in the boardroom that we’ve seen Trump hold court in on “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Trump has previously appeared in Macy’s television commercials to promote the brand.
An online petition calling for Macy’s stop selling Trump’s line gained momentum on Moveon.org this week. That petition garnered more than 728,000 signatures. A Latino advocacy group, Presente.org, had also called for Macy’s to ditch Trump’s wares after he said Mexican immigrants and “bringing drugs” and “bringing crime” to the United States.
“Trump’s nauseating remarks about Latinos are completely unacceptable — we demand Macy’s take a stand against discrimination,” said Arturo Carmona, the group’s executive director, in a statement released Tuesday.
Macy’s has been focused lately on winning Latino shoppers. The company recently launched its new private-label Thalia Sodi line, which was created in collaboration with the Latina pop superstar, to appeal to Latina women. The company said last month the line has so far been a “huge success.”