Sounds the alarm: There’s been another #TrumpDump! Yesterday, superstar chef Jose Andres severed all ties with Donald Trump, backing out of a deal to open a restaurant in Trump’s flagship hotel in Washington, D.C.
Andres was supremely upset about Trump’s recent comments regarding immigration, due to the chef’s own status as a brand-new American citizen (while he has lived in the United States for years, Andres only officially became a citizen in 2013).
Andres explained the ditching of Trump to The Washington Post:
“Donald Trump’s recent statements disparaging immigrants make it impossible for my company and I to move forward with opening a successful Spanish restaurant in Trump International’s upcoming hotel in Washington, D.C. More than half of my team is Hispanic, as are many of our guests. And, as a proud Spanish immigrant and recently naturalized American citizen myself, I believe that every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status.”
On the Trump side of things, the family has indicated that if Andres doesn’t open his restaurant, their might be case for legal action. Donald Trump, Jr. wrote in an email:
“Our relationship with José Andrés has always been a good one, but simply put, José has no right to terminate or otherwise abandon his obligations under the lease. In the event Mr. Andrés defaults in the performance of his obligations, we will not hesitate to take legal action to recover all unpaid rent for the entire 10 year term together with all attorneys’ fees and additional damages we may sustain.”
While Trump has never been one to shy away from a fight, Andres has already won in the court of public opinion. Even Anthony Bourdain expressed his support yesterday on Twitter:
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) July 8, 2015
[via The Washington Post]