460K Urge Macy’s To Dump Trump
By Press Release Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 03:18 PM EST
New Petition on SignOn.org Calls on Macy’s To Honor Social Responsibility Policy and End Association With Donald Trump Over Pattern of Sexism, Bigotry, and Vitriol
More than 460,000 people have added their names to a new petition on SignOn.org, urging Macy’s to end their association with Donald Trump following a recent string of vitriolic online comments.
SIGN ON HERE: http://www.signon.org/sign/urge-macys-to-dump-donald
Angelo Carusone, organizer of the successful StopBeck effort, started the petition, citing Trump’s long history of abominable conduct and Macy’s own social responsibility policy. Macy’s, one of the nations largest retailers, has featured Trump as a prominent company spokesperson for years, and exclusively sells Donald Trump’s clothing and fragrance line. However, as this holiday season approaches, thousands of Macy’s shoppers agree that Trump's recent behavior does not reflect the “Magic of Macy’s” and are calling on the company to take action.
“If I stood inside a Macy's store and said the things that Trump has said, security would escort me out,” said Carusone. “This is about taking away the system of perverse incentives that rewards Donald Trump for continued outbursts of sexism, bigotry and just plain meanness.”
The petition, which more than 460,000 people signed over the weekend, picked up steam after Donald Trump issued repeated calls for revolution following his personal disappointment with the election results. Citing Trump’s long pattern of “especially unpleasant, nasty and despicable behavior” the petition also mentions Trump's perpetuation of the racially charged “birther” conspiracy; a history of sexist remarks; his hypocritical complaints about jobs being shipped overseas to China despite the fact most of his Macy’s clothing line is made in Asia; and the unabashed use of his platform to deny climate change, which he claims is a conspiracy created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
Macy’s has been inundated with messages from customers on Twitter and Facebook calling on the company to “Dump Trump,” and thousands of loyal Macy’s shoppers have pledged to cancel their Macy’s credit cards unless the company takes appropriate action. Macy’s inspired further disappointment and derision after including Trump’s veiled birther references in their latest holiday television advertisement.
According to Macy’s social responsibility policy: “There is no shortage of talk about the obligation of public companies to be socially responsible to the people and communities where they do business. At Macy’s, Inc., we hold those same beliefs – along with a belief that actions speak louder than words when it comes to helping tackle some of the toughest problems facing us today."
“Actions do indeed speak louder than words. And by continuing to promote Trump, Macy’s is failing to live up to its own standards,” said Carusone.
Mr. Carusone was the the leader of the StopBeck Effort, which was ultimately successful in getting Glenn Beck removed from Fox News. You can follow Angelo on twitter at @GoAngelo for live updates on the campaign.