Jeanie Columbo cuts her Macy’s credit card outside Macy’s Herald Square store in New York Tuesday Nov. 20, 2012. Demonstrators gathered outside the store to urge the retailer to end its partnership with Donald Trump after a spate of controversial remarks by the billionaire business mogul. Please note: Huffington Post blurred the numbers of the credit card in order to protect the card holder.
NEW YORK — “The magic of Macy’s is gone,” said Jenny Izenstark, one of around 50 people who gathered outside the retailer’s flagship store Tuesday afternoon to urge the company to fire Donald Trump.
Wearing an Obama/Biden pin, Izenstark, a cantor living in Manhattan, reached into her wallet and cut her Macy’s credit card in half with a pair of scissors making its way around the crowd. “I stood in this same spot last year watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” she recalled. “But I won’t be there this Thursday. I can no longer support a brand that gives a platform to such a bigot.”
Macy’s, the second-largest department-store chain in the U.S., is under pressure to eliminate its Trump-branded line of apparel, including Trump ties, suits and cufflinks, after the real estate mogul mounted controversial attacks on President Barack Obama during the election. Critics have pointed to Trump’s repeated demands for Obama’s birth certificate and his references to African-Americans as “the blacks” in a radio interview.
“The claim that Donald Trump is a racist is an inflammatory remark that lacks any truth,” Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s lawyer, told HuffPost. “Shame on the organizer of this event and its participants. The man doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.”
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