Media Matters' VP Carusone: Trump's Brand Is Bigoted Bullying

Donald Trump must be feeling the pain from Angelo Carusone's effort to pressure Macy's into dropping Trump's clothing line. Trump sent his attack dog out after Carusone, with little satisfaction.

Ouch, that #DumpTrump campaign must be working! Donald Trump sent his enforcer, attorney Allen Garten, to debate Media Matters' VP Angelo Carusone's effort to hold Trump accountable for his bigotry and political blowhardiness.

Saturday, Carusone went on Rock Newman's radio show to discuss his petition and why he started it, and then had a little telephone discussion with Trump attorney Allen Garten about it. It's a bit of a long segment but worth listening to, particularly when Garten proves Carusone's point by accusing him of "bullying, mob-like tactics."

Garten's reference to "mob-like tactics" at about the 6:30 mark was, of course, intended to use Carusone's name to imply he was a Mafia bully, scary and mean, which isn't much different than Trump's nasty insinuations about where President Obama was born, right? It's the same thing, just aimed at a different target.

From there, Carusone zooms in on the real issue:

What I would say is that it's quite consistent with what Mr. Trump's brand has become. I'm not making a characterization of Trump's brand ten years ago or five years ago. That's really irrelevant and not part of the discussion here.

The discussion is what Donald Trump's brand has become and in some ways he needs to keep upping the ante to get his free media fix.

And that's why it has become consistently more odious and contemptible. My point is not that Donald Trump should be sanctioned or silenced by the government, which is what you threatened to do to me, is to actually tell the government to stop me and silence me and punish me.

My point was simply that a company that I and 690 other thousand people support and like should not be investing in and as the CEO said, further developing that brand because Trump's brand is not worth pouring more money into.

And if he's as successful as you pointed out before, then I don't see what the problem is. He could easily go someplace else unless of course there are concerns that his brand has become something so toxic that nobody's really interested in it, at least at a fashion level.

Angelo has nearly 700,000 signatures on his petition, and Garten did nothing in this interview to de-toxify or otherwise rehabilitate Trump.

Perhaps Macy's should just listen to their customers, hmmmm?

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