What Unemployment Crisis? Trump Supporters Celebrate Macy's Layoffs
Despite president-elect's promise to save American jobs, supporters gleefully tweeted #DumpMacys after store announced 10,000 layoffs
President-elect Donald Trump's supporters on Thursday celebrated the news that retail chain Macy's would shutter 68 stores around the country, laying off roughly 10,000 employees, despite Trump campaigning on a promise to save American jobs.
Shortly after Macy's said it would close 68 of its 730 stores due to poor holiday sales, Trump supporters began taking credit for the announcement, tweeting under the hashtag #DumpMacys to post "victory" messages on behalf of the president-elect.
"When .@Macys decided to dump Trump, I decided to #DumpMacys Shouldn't have gone all #PoliticallyCorrect on us!" read one.
The feud between Macy's and Trump began last year, when the department store dropped the then-candidate's merchandise after he infamously described Mexicans as criminals and rapists.
At the time, Trump responded to the move by calling on his supporters to boycott the chain, tweeting, "For all of those who want to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain, boycott @Macys. They are weak on border security & stopping illegal immigration."
He later wrote, "I hope the boycott of @Macys continues forever. So many people are cutting up their cards. Macy's stores suck and they are bad for U.S.A."
I hope the boycott of @Macys continues forever. So many people are cutting up their cards. Macy's stores suck and they are bad for U.S.A.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2015
Thursday's announcement follows numerous boasts by Trump that he has "saved" American jobs through deals with the air conditioner manufacturer Carrier and the chemical industry giant Dow. He also took credit last week for thousands of new and returning jobs at telecommunications company Sprint—which, as many pointed out at the time, he had nothing to do with.
Macy's news was met with irony-free glee from Trump's supporters, although the president-elect himself has yet to comment on this latest development.