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Is it possible Macy’s would tell Donald Trump, “You’re fired”?
That’s the hope of nearly 450,000 people who have signed a petition urging the department store to stop carrying Trump brand products, citing what they say is the Apprentice star’s history of “sexism” and involvement in the “racially charged” campaign to get President Obama to reveal his birth certificate and school and passport records.
The petition, sponsored by the left-leaning MoveOn.org, is addressed to Macy’s head Terry Lundgren.
“Donald Trump does not reflect the ‘magic of Macy’s,’ ” the petition reads. “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.”
Macy’s sells Trump brand clothing and fragrances and occasionally features him in ad campaigns. An ad released last week appears to play off of Trump’s skepticism about Obama’s true birthplace. In the ad, the controversial billionaire doubts the true identity of Kris Kringle as portrayed by Edmund Gwenn in the 1947 holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street. (See the video below.)
Trump, a prolific tweeter, didn’t directly address the petition, but he did tweet Monday:
Just saw my new line of shirts, ties & suits @macys — they are fantastic! Would make great holiday presents!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2012
The petition caught the attention of Cher, who wrote:
I’ll NEVER GO TO MACY’S AGAIN ! I didnt know they sold Donald Trump’s Line! If they don’t care that they sell products from a LOUDMOUTH
— Cher (@cher) November 12, 2012
In addition to its birtherism objections, the petition charges Trump with sexism, noting that he once said of his daughter: “She does have a very nice figure. … If [she] weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
It also blasts Trump for “denying climate change” when he tweeted after Hurricane Sandy, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
Trump is preparing to return to NBC for an all-star season of The Celebrity Apprentice, slated for early 2013.
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