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Birther Joke in Macy's Ad Sparks Petition to Have Donald Trump Fired

Date November 11, 2012

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He's fired hundreds of people on TV, but Donald Trump could be getting the boot next.

MoveOn.org has started an online petition asking Macy's to "Dump Trump" as a spokesperson after it was reported that the Celebrity Apprenticehost makes a birther joke in an upcoming Christmas ad for the department store. According to The New York Times, Trump reportedly asks Edmund Gwenn, who played Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street, whether he is really Santa Claus and tugs on his beard. The joke comes after several years of Trump publicly raising questions about whether President Barack Obama is really an American citizen and demanding to see his birth certificate.

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The petition, which had more than 274,000 signatures as of late Sunday, called Trump's behavior "especially unpleasant, nasty and despicable."

Trump, who sells fragrances and ties in Macy's stores, has appeared alongside side such celebrities as P. Diddy and Martha Stewart in Macy's ads for the past several years.

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