Macy's Gives Donald Trump the Ax

Lauren Krause
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Vaunted national clothing retailer Macy's joined other companies when it decided to cut ties with Donald Trump and his company, The Trump Organization. Macy's carried the billionaire's signature collection clothing line of mid-priced men's clothing such as dress shirts, ties and polos.

The move comes as The Trump Organization continues to lose sponsors, big-name companies and corporate partners after Trump disparaged Mexican immigrants while announcing his run for president. NBC canceled Trump's reality show called "The Celebrity Apprentice," while Univision pulled its broadcast of the Miss USA pageant. NASCAR, Serta and the PGA have also ditched Trump's business interests.

PVH Corporation, a clothing retailer responsible for licensing Trump's signature collection, followed Macy's example and also ended its contract with The Trump Organization. PVH Corporation, known previously as Phillips-Van Heusen, took brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Speedo to new heights in garment sales and marketing. The Trump Organization has to find another company to sell its menswear line.

Macy's pulled the plug after more than 700,000 people signed a petition on The online petition requested that Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren end the company's ties with The Trump Organization. However, Trump claims he cut ties with Macy's because outside groups put pressure on the retailer. Macy's commercials featured the billionaire alongside celebrities such as Sean "P. Diddy" Combs dressed in Trump's threads.

Losses from sponsorships and cut contracts may amount to a drop in the bucket for Trump. CNN estimates the real estate mogul lost nearly $15 million when sponsors pulled out of the Miss USA pageant. The Wrap determined The Trump Organization has lost approximately $50.5 million due to companies cutting ties. The businessman claims his net worth hovers around $9 billion, making his current losses close to 0.6 percent of his overall net worth. Most of his revenue comes from real estate contracts and developments.

After Mexican drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman Loera, also known as El Chapo, got out of a high-security prison thanks to a tunnel, Trump doubled down on his comments regarding Mexicans. The CEO said his foreign policy towards Mexico would focus on fining the Mexican government $100,000 for every illegal immigrant that enters the United States from Mexico.

The real estate magnate's incendiary comments seem counterintuitive to his business practices. One of Trump's nuggets of wisdom for running a business talks about focusing on the big picture while attending to daily details. Anything, or anyone, that does not ascribe to the same big-picture goal does not belong in the organization.

Perhaps Trump's comments are part of his overall strategy, since his comments made headlines and got his presidential campaign noticed from the start. The billionaire can spend as much of his own money as he wants, so campaign funding is not an issue. He can follow the likes of H. Ross Perot and Steve Forbes into the presidential race.

Unfortunately, Trump may have lost one demographic that shaped the previous two presidential elections. Hispanics created a huge voting bloc that elected President Barack Obama to consecutive terms.

The Trump Organization has taken several hits from retailers, sponsors and businesses since the CEO announced his run for president. If past patterns hold true, however, though Trump's bid for the White House might fail, his business interests will continue to thrive.

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  • Cynthia P.
    Cynthia P.

    I find Mr. Trumps comments quite refreshing and under our (USA) constitution he should express his opinion whether I or you agree with him. I certainly do want to know what kind of man I would be voting for and where he may lead this country with his business say and wit. Truth is truth, he has said it and actions speak louder than words. I love this country and not afraid to fight for it as my ancestors have done time and time again. We need someone to stand strong and not worry about being politically correct. I used to love Macy's but.....I can live without Macy's. You need customers like me but I don't need your corporate attitude!

  • Laura H.
    Laura H.

    What are corporations running away from? You can't handle it when someone speaks how they feel, so you just drop them instead of standing behind them. I call that CHICKEN!!!
    I'm sure there are several of you CEO's think the same way he does, but you're too scared to say anything because it will hurt business, so you tuck your tail and try to make the other guy look bad. Shame on you!
    Not sure I will or will not be voting for Mr. Trump as President, but he does have a right to speak his own mind and shouldn't be so chastised for it. Remember, this country was founded on Freedom of Speech. Okay, I'm done. Have a good day!!

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