Donald Trump has had some nasty things to say about Mexicans lately. In the announcement of his 2016 bid for the US presidency, he called Mexican immigrants to the US criminals and “rapists.” Later, on Twitter, he added, “Mexico is not our friend. They’re killing us at the border and they’re killing us on jobs and trade.”
It seems to follow that Trump would disapprove of American companies manufacturing their goods in Mexico too, except that Trump apparently does it himself. A photo circulated on Twitter by BuzzFeed political reporter Adrian Carrasquillo shows a jacket from Trump’s clothing line bearing a “made in Mexico” label.
Trump acknowledges that his clothing line is manufactured outside the US, despite his outspoken stance against outsourcing. In a response to Macy’s decision today (July 1) to sever its business ties and phase his clothing out of its stores because of his comments about Mexicans, he wrote, “I have never been happy about the fact that the ties and shirts are made in China, and should I start a new product line somewhere in the future, I would insist that they are made in America.”
Trump didn’t mention where his suiting is made, and it’s not certain how recent the posted picture is. (Quartz has reached out to Trump Organization and Macy’s for any clarification or comment and will update if warranted.)
Certainly it’s no secret that Trump has manufactured in Mexico before. Back in 2011, he was called out for making his shirts and ties in China while railing against China for supposedly stealing US manufacturing jobs. Where were his suits made at the time? Mexico and Vietnam.