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Yesterday, Macy’s announced that it was closing 68 of its current 730 stores and laying off 10,100 employees. And while the nationwide trend of slumping department store sales is the obvious cause, Donald Trump supporters would like you to know that they deserve some credit here, too.
Back in July 2015, Macy’s severed its decade-long business relationship with Trump when it stopped selling the President-elect’s menswear collection, following the then-candidate’s discriminatory remarks about Mexican immigrants in his campaign speech. Trump, true to form, responded with the following tweets:
Those who believe in tight border security, stopping illegal immigration & SMART trade deals w/other countries should boycott @Macys.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2015
Now, more than a year later, the President-elect’s followers are claiming responsibility for Macy’s plummeting stock and thousands of job losses. And they’re doing so — where else? — on Twitter, many using the hashtag #DumpMacys.
Trump, who built his entire presidential platform around bringing back American jobs, has yet to comment. And while the President-elect’s recent deal with technology corporation Carrier saved 800 jobs that would’ve otherwise been outsourced to Mexico, the fact that the President-elect’s supporters are now celebrating Macy’s epic job losses (which outnumber Carrier’s saved jobs more than tenfold) seems ironic at best, incredibly tasteless at worst.