Amazon Investors Tell Jeff Bezos to Drop Donald Trump

Amazon (AMZN) investors have had a lot of reasons to celebrate lately, but Donald Trump isn't one of them. The e-commerce giant is under pressure from a group of shareholders to drop the presumed GOP nominee's merchandise.

A group of 1,500 Amazon shareholders organized by online women's advocacy organization UltraViolet Action have signed onto a petition calling on the company and its CEO Jeff Bezos to end the sale of Trump's menswear line and other products on its marketplace. The move comes just days ahead of Amazon's annual shareholders meeting, set to take place in Seattle on May 17.

"As an Amazon shareholder, I feel strongly that Amazon must end its business with Donald Trump. His hatred should have no place in the Amazon marketplace, and the continued presence of his products poses a risk to Amazon's reputation," the letter reads. "This isn't about politics: Donald Trump's misogyny, racism, and outright bigotry are dominating the political news cycle. He has encouraged violence at his rallies, mocked his opponent's wife, ridiculed people with disabilities, and even refused to denounce his campaign manager who was recently arrested for violently assaulting a female reporter."

It cites the example of Macy's, which in July ended its 11-year menswear collection relationship with Trump following his incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants, and calls for Amazon to follow its lead.

UltraViolet Action has also gathered thousands of signatures from customers of Amazon and Amazon Prime encouraging it to rid the platform of Trump's products.

"Jeff Bezos needs to listen to his customers and ensure that Amazon doesn't profit off of Trump hate by taking immediate steps to dump Trump," said Karin Roland, chief campaigns officer at UltraViolet, in a statement.

Amazon has, in the past, bent to politically-charged pushes for it to pull merchandise from its marketplace. Last year, it made the decision to rid its site of Confederate flag-themed merchandise, joining other retailers like eBay and Walmart, which did the same.

If Amazon were to dump Trump, it would join Macy's and a handful of other companies that have done the same. Univision and NBC cut ties with him last summer, refusing to air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, of which Trump was part-owner at the time. NBC has also ruled out any future involvement from Trump in "The Apprentice."

Amazon is just one of a slew of companies with a difficult decision as to what to do about Trump. Activist groups have targeted corporations like Coca-Cola, AT&T and Cisco, insisting they refrain from sponsoring a Trump-led Republican National Convention.

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Amazon representatives did not immediately return request for comment on this latest Trump petition, but it's no secret Trump and Bezos aren't exactly the best of friends. 

Trump went after Bezos on Twitter in December, singling out both Amazon and The Washington Post, which Bezos owns. 

The @washingtonpost, which loses a fortune, is owned by @JeffBezos for purposes of keeping taxes down at his no profit company, @amazon.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015

Bezos responded with a tweet mocking the real estate magnate.

Finally trashed by @realDonaldTrump. Will still reserve him a seat on the Blue Origin rocket. #sendDonaldtospace https://t.co/9OypFoxZk3

— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) December 7, 2015

The presumed GOP nominee warned in February that if he lands in the White House, Bezos and Amazon are "going to have such problems."

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