Donald Trump clearly hasn’t learned any lessons from the backlash he suffered for his crude and offensive remarks against Latinos. After he doubled down on his declarations that Mexicans were “criminals and rapists,” a number of his business partners cut ties and sent shock-waves through his already-shaky “business empire.” Now that he’s decided he wants to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, his business partners in the Muslim world, who have made Trump millions, are furious and beginning to cut their own ties to rambunctious demagogue.
Arabian Business has reported that the regional retail powerhouse Landmark Group has stopped selling Trump’s products in over 160 stores from Libya to Pakistan.
The Dubai-based firm signed a deal in February this year to sell items from the Trump Home collection to customers in the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia through its Lifestyle outlets. However, the group said on Tuesday it would now remove all products from its shelves. “As one of the most popular home decor brands in the Middle East, Lifestyle values and respects the sentiments of all its customers. 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.”
Khalaf al-Habtoor, the owner of the United Arab Emirates-based conglomerate Al Habtoor Group, told the Associated Press that he has rescinded his previous support for Trump and is furious at the mogul for his disgusting statements:
“If he comes to my office, I will not let him in. I reject him. Maybe we can meet somewhere where I can debate with him in a very civilized way, not in the way he approaches people. When he was talking about Muslims, attacking them … I had to admit I made a mistake in my supporting Mr. Trump. He is creating a hatred between Muslims and the United States of America. Extremists like ISIS will thank Mr. Trump for his comments — this is very dangerous what he is doing to the United States when strength is partnered with ignorance and deceit, it produces a toxic mix threatening the United States and our world.”
He ended his interview by endorsing Hillary Clinton instead.
If there’s anything that might convince Trump to turn down his racist rhetoric, it’ll be hitting him at the source of all his strength and credibility – his wealth and “reputation” as a businessman. Tell us, Mr. Trump: what part of the “Art of the Deal” involves alienating your financiers and millions of potential customers with unnecessary and offensive xenophobic scapegoating?
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.