The “Dump Trump” movement continues to go global.
Following Donald Trump’s recent attacks against Muslims, a Dubai-based retailer has announced it will pull all Trump-branded items from 160 stores, which range from Kuwait, to the UAE, to Saudi Arabia, to Pakistan.
“As one of the most popular home decor brands in the Middle East, Lifestyle values and respects the sentiments of all its customers,” announced Lifestyle CEO Sachin Mundhwa in a statement.
“In light of the recent statements made by the presidential candidate in the US media, we have suspended sale of all products from the Trump Home décor range.”
The blowback from the retailer is in response to his roundly-condemned call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” (though not radical enough to lose support from top GOP leaders if he wins the GOP nomination, apparently).
CNBC reports Trump makes millions of dollars in royalties and licenses annually from the very people he’s attacking:
The presidential candidate lent his name to the Trump International Hotel & Tower Baku in Azerbaijan, which brings him $2.5 million in management fees, according to his campaign’s financial disclosure forms. He also disclosed royalties ranging from $1 million to $5 million for licensing his name to two Trump Towers in Istanbul.
So far, other Trump business partners in the Middle East have stayed mum on their next steps:
In Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the Al Tayer Group opened two Trump Home by Dorya galleries this summer. The company did not respond to a request for a comment.
This past summer, the “Dump Trump” movement in the United States took a Herculean turn following his racist accusation during his campaign announcement that that immigrants from Mexico are criminals and “rapists.”
In an undeniable affirmation of the booming political and economic power of Latinos, massive companies ranging from Macy’s, to Univision, to NBCUniversal, to Televisa dumped Trump following intense pressure.
Trump was further humiliated when networks refused to air his Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, with the latter relegated to a little-known cable channel and earning the pageant an all-time ratings low.