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More than 34,000 people signed a petition urging Nike to sever its ties with Donald Trump by not renewing its lease for the Niketown New York store in Trump Tower, Footwear News reports.
The "Tell Nike to #DumpTrump" petition is run by the progressive California-based organization Courage Campaign. The petition asks Nike to stop doing business with the Republican presidential candidate due to his xenophobic and sexist remarks:
Nike didn't blink before dropping Manny Pacquiao for his abhorrent remarks about same-sex couples. It cut ties with Maria Sharapova immediately after she announced that she failed a drug test. But when Donald Trump calls women "fat pigs," mocks a disabled reporter, calls Mexicans criminals and "rapists," and insults a prisoner of war, Nike does NOTHING.
Here's the petition's call to action for Nike: "ESPN, Macy’s, NBCUniversal, Univision and more have dumped Donald Trump and his hateful, bigoted rhetoric. It's time for you to do the same by not renewing Niketown's 2017 lease with Trump Tower."
Are the wheels already in motion though for Nike to leave Trump Tower? There's a long-standing rumor, according to Racked NY, that Nike could move its gigantic flagship store after Niketown's lease expires in May 2017. Niketown could possibly move to the former FAO Schwarz space.
There's been similar petitions asking Nike to vacate the Trump building. Nearly 90,000 signed a 2015 #DumpTrump Change.org petition addressed to Nike and four other companies (including Gucci, which has a store at Trump Tower that Trump bragged about before his presidential campaign).
After Trump's disparaging remarks on Mexican immigrants, Macy's dropped the Donald Trump menswear line and his statements about banning Muslims from entering the US led to the removal of Trump Home-branded merchandise from more than 160 stores in the Middle East.