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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 Trump’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 Change.org petition says.

{mosads}“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 Rubio (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 Change.org petition. 

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

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