When you think about it, Donald Trump is a lot like other Republican presidential candidates. He’s flamboyant (which you can determine just by glancing at his hairdo). He’s ignorant (still pursuing his “birther” claims). He’s attention-starved (jumping in front of every camera and microphone he sees).
And Trump is arrogant, too, as his continuous issuance of discriminatory insults towards Mexicans clearly indicates. Not only are they “taking our jobs” and “taking our manufacturing” and “taking our money.” Mexicans are drug-using rapists, too, he says.
Where The Donald is starting to stand out from the many others on the slate, however, is how that arrogance is affecting him. And not just in criticism from other GOP candidates, which is to be expected, and not just the retort from John McCain and his supporters.
Trump’s arrogance is costing him money. And a lot of it, too. Contracts. Business deals. Promotional opportunities.
Take these 11 to date, for example:
The department store giant tossed out The Donald’s line of men’s clothing, and not just because they’re made in China. Macy’s said it was ending their 11-year business relationship with him specifically because of Trump’s discrimination.
In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004.
Joining Macy’s in discontinuation of his products, mattress manufacturer Serta announced it would not renew its “Trump Home” brand. In a July 1 statement, the company said:
Serta values diversity and does not agree with nor endorse the recent statements made by Mr. Trump.
3) 5 Rabbit Cerveceria
This microbrewery made a special house brew for the Trump Tower in Chicago – until his dumb comments, that is. The Hispanic-owned company pulled their beer from his property on June 29, and says it may bottle it under the new name of “Ch*nga Tu Pelo” (“F*ck Your Hair”). In a written statement, the brewery said:
We would be doing an injustice to the community we serve (and live in) by engaging in business with someone who does not accept our role in society and expresses a rhetoric of hate and ignorance towards us.
4) J. Balvin
The popular singer and Colombia native was supposed to perform at this year’s Miss USA pageant, but backed out on June 24. It would have been his first appearance on national television in the U.S., too, but the ugly comments from Trump – who’s half-owner of the pageant – struck Balvin too deep. He told Billboard:
(W)e’re talking about our roots, our culture, our values. This isn’t about being punitive, but about showing leadership through social responsibility.
Following Balvin’s lead, the Hispanic network that ordinarily does a Spanish simulcast of the Miss USA pageant canceled any coverage of this year’s contest. The networks’ two hosts for that simulcast both refused the assignment, as well. The network said:
At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country. We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12 or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.
So much for a return of “The Apprentice,” because NBC told Trump “you’re fired!” And not just for The Donald’s reality show, either. The network also joined Univision in cancellation of coverage of Miss USA, and even though NBC owns half of the rights to the pageant. From a July 1 statement:
At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBC/Universal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.
7) Miss USA Pageant
The pageant itself had walk-aways in protest. Thomas Roberts and Cheryl Burke were hired to be hosts of the show, but both refused the assignment after Trump’s comments. Only a small cable channel with limited distribution (Reelz) agreed to air the pageant. (So much for all the anticipated revenue, eh?) Said Burke:
In light of the recent statements made by Donald Trump and the subsequent decision by NBC to cut ties with Mr. Trump, I cannot in good conscience move forward with participating in this year’s Miss USA pageant as its co-host.
8) José Andrés
A prominent Spanish chef who just became a U.S. citizen in 2013, Andrés announced on June 8 that he was cancelling agreement to operate a restaurant in Trump’s still-in-development luxury hotel in Washington, D.C. In a press release, he said:
Donald Trump’s recent statements disparaging immigrants make it impossible for my company and I to move forward with opening a successful Spanish restaurant in Trump International’s upcoming hotel in Washington, D.C.
9) Geoffrey Zakarian
Joining Andrés the very next day, Zakarian also backed out of an agreement with Trump’s D.C. hotel. In a July 9 statement to “Eater,” Zakarian said:
The recent statements surrounding Mexican immigrants by Donald Trump do not in any way align with my personal core values. In light of this, I am unable to move forward with a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel(.) … We are a nation built from immigrants, my family included.
10) PGA and USGA
These professional golfing associations, along with the official PGA and LPGA tours, distanced themselves from Trump shortly after his questionable statements. In fact, PGA moved its upcoming major tournament, scheduled for October, away from Trump’s property. The following statement was issued on July 7:
The PGA of America met with Donald J. Trump yesterday and the parties mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of all not to conduct the 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National — Los Angeles.
11) Carlos Slim/Ora TV
NBC wasn’t the only television enterprise to cancel out on Trump. Ora TV, a network run by Carlos Slim (who is also the second-wealthiest person on the planet), cancelled an unidentified TV project with The Donald on June 29. Said a spokesperson for Slim:
His statement was totally out of line…working with someone so closed-minded was not going to work.
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