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Donald Trump's Macy's advert 'birther joke' draws protests

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A progressive political group is calling for Donald Trump to be fired as a spokesperson for Macy's department stores.

Trump appears in a holiday advertisement for the retail chain, in which he alludes to his questions about US President Barack Obama's citizenship by questioning Santa Claus's true identity.



Move On has now authored an online petition calling for Macy's to sack Trump due to his history of making controversial comments.

The group said in its petition: "Donald Trump does not reflect the 'magic of Macy's'. We urge you to sever ties with him. Macy's says it has a strong obligation to be 'socially responsible' and that 'actions speak louder than words'. Indeed. It's time to act."

Trump was also chided by Move On for allegedly making sexist comments about female celebrities, denying climate change and criticising US trade policy with China even though Macy's does business with the country.

Donald Trump
2012 Miss USA Pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino - Red Carpet
Las Vegas, Nevada - 03.06.12
Mandatory Credit: DJDM/WENN.com

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Move On's petition to have Trump fired by Macy's has so far been signed by more than 450,000 people.

Cher notably called for her Twitter followers to sign the petition in a message posted on the microblogging website on Sunday (November 11).

"I'll NEVER GO TO MACY'S AGAIN ! I didnt know they sold Donald Trump's Line! If they don't care that they sell products from a LOUDMOUTH," Cher wrote.

Trump has not specifically addressed the petition, but did tweet on Monday (November 12): "Just saw my new line of shirts, ties & suits @Macys -- they are fantastic! Would make great holiday presents!"

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