USMagazine, Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 11:30am (PST)
Should Macy's dump Trump?
Donald Trump gained notoriety for his no-nonsense business tactics on The Apprentice, but if nearly half a million people have their way, he may soon be on the other end of his infamous "You're fired" catchphrase.
More than 465,000 individuals have signed an online petition urging Macy's to sever ties with the 66-year-old billionaire, a longtime spokesperson for the brand. The letter cites his "especially unpleasant, nasty, and despicable behavior" and accuses the star of spreading lies about President Barack Obama -- Trump is a noted "birther" theorist -- and global warming. (After Hurricane Sandy, he declared that "global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.")
The petition also paints the business magnate as a sexist hypocrite who "personally [attacks] women he disagrees with by calling them 'unattractive,' ugly, or fat" and complains about jobs being shipped overseas, "despite the fact that almost his entire clothing line sold at Macy's is made in China and other Asian nations."
Indeed, Trump's tirades have become increasingly public recently. After President Obama's re-election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the outspoken Republican (who once spoke of running for office himself) took to Twitterto express his unhappiness. He was quickly criticized by NBC's Brian Williams, who said that Trump had "driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible."