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According to Twitter, dozens of people are gathered outside of New York's Herald Square Macy's location right now to protest Donald Trump's affiliation with the department store. The Dump Trump protest was organized by Angelo Carusone, who authored a SignOn.org petition asking Macy's to end their relationship with the entrepreneur, who sells his "Success" fragrance as well as a line of suiting at the store, and currently stars in the Macy's holiday ads.
The petition has been signed by more than 660,000 people and claims that Trump has consistently engaged in sexist behavior, denied climate change, and hypocritically complained about jobs being shipped overseas, despite his own clothing line being produced in China. "Macy's boasts about its social responsibility policy," the petition reads. "Actions speak louder than words. So, act and dump Trump."
Despite the impressive number of signatures, The Cut reports that only a few of the petition's endorsers would be invited to today's Herald Square demonstration, which began at 12:30 this afternoon. Carusone told the cut he would be limiting the protest invite list to the 26 people who told him they had Macy's credit cards. The group planned to gather and symbolically cut up their cards together.
"I'm not interested in changing Donald Trump's behavior or making him pay or anything like that," Carusone told The Cut. "What this is about is Macy's decision to build a fashion business on top of Trump's brand ... and to me, when I think about that brand, I think that's not something that should be rewarded or promoted, and certainly not something that is consistent with the magic of Macy's."
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