Petition calls on celeb chef to dump restaurant deal with Trump

A new petition is calling on celebrity chef José Andrés to pull out of his plans for a restaurant in Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE’s new Washington, D.C., hotel following the 2016 contender's controversial comments about Mexican immigrants.

“José Andrés embodies the American dream and is a huge role model for the Hispanic community, having moved from Spain to start a family and create one of the most successful restaurant chains in culinary history,” the petition says.


“We are proud to have José Andrés in Washington, D.C., which is why we hope he decides that Donald Trump is not someone he should do business with.”

The petition has more than 1,700 signers as of 1:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

It’s the latest call for businesses to cut ties with Trump after he said that some Mexican immigrants were “rapists.”

In the weeks since he made the statement at his presidential campaign launch, he’s lost business ties with NBCUniversal, Univision, Macy’s, the Professional Golf Association, Serta Mattress Co. and NASCAR.

He’s also been widely panned by his fellow GOP presidential rivals, including Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioAlabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs daylight savings bill Study: Early unemployment cutoff would cost 16M people 0B The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting MORE (Fla.) and former Govs. Jeb Bush (Fla.) and Rick Perry (Texas).

But despite the controversial rhetoric, Trump is still surging in the polls. He came in second in recent CNN/ORC and Fox News national polls, as well as in a recent Suffolk University New Hampshire poll.

The blog DCist was the first to report the petition. 

Trump's company is redesigining the old Post Office Pavilion building into a hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, just blocks from the White House.