Already facing a financial backlash over his call to temporarily ban Muslims from the United States, Donald Trump is now being condemned by his own business partners.
The developers of Trump Towers in Istanbul announced late Thursday that they are exploring their legal options to possibly sever ties with the business mogul and Republican presidential front-runner. A representative of Aydin Dogan, a Turkish billionaire who pays to use the Trump name on his soaring residential and commercial complex in Istanbul, said the company condemned Trump’s “discriminatory remarks,” according to Reuters.
“Such statements bear no value and are products of a mind that does not understand Islam, a peace religion, at all,” said Bulent Kural, the manager of the complex’s shopping mall, said in a statement. “Our reaction has been directly expressed to the Trump family. We are reviewing the legal dimension of our relation with Trump brand.”
Turkey is a majority Muslim nation.
The announcement was the latest financial blow to Trump following a statement he released Monday. Trump had called for increased screening of foreigners following terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., but went further than any other presidential candidate.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” the statement read.
The billionaire was bashed by Republicans and Democrats in the U.S., leaders of Muslim and non-Muslim countries and regular people around the world. Now all that backlash is starting to affect his wallet.
A $6 billion golf community under construction in Dubai is removing his name from the project. He was kicked out of a business network in Scotland, where the golf mogul owns several highly rated courses. And Lifestyle, a retailer that does business in a sweeping marketplace spanning the Middle East, India and Africa, stopped selling Trump-branded products.
The pattern follows a similar backlash against Trump over the summer, when he enraged Hispanics for saying Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” He drew widespread anger from people in both political parties, and businesses soon followed.
Macy’s ended it’s decade-long business relationship with Trump and said it would phase out Trump-branded menswear from its stores. NBC and Univision announced they would not air Trump’s Miss USA Pageant. And NASCAR announced it would not hold its season-ending awards banquet at the Trump National Doral Miami resort.
Trump maintains a sizable lead over a crowded Republican field, garnering 35%, according to the latest poll from CBS News and the New York Times. His closest rival in that poll is Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who polled at 16%.
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