Donald Trump vs Spanish chef José Andrés
Donald Trump’s racist comments about Mexican immigrants are still reaping consequences. And unfortunately not only for the Republican candidate.
While the political and economic ramifications of the comments can’t be wholly understood yet, especially in terms of Trump’s performance in the presidential race, the integrity of some of those who stood up to the magnate might cost them a good deal of money.
Such is the case of Spanish chef José Andrés, who was preparing to open a Spanish restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C,, but announced he had changed his mind about the venture July 8.
"Trump’s recent derogatory comments about immigrants have made it impossible for me and my business to continue with the opening of a Spanish restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington," the chef said in a statement released by the Spanish newspaper, El País.
A few days after pulling out the agreement, Trump filed a lawsuit against Andrés, an American citizen and a proud immigrant. Trump claims the chef’s companies — ThinkFoodGroup and Topo Atrio LLC — should pay $10 million for breach of contract.
“This lawsuit is both unsurprising and without merit. Simply put, Mr. Trump’s comments made ThinkFoodGroup’s participation in this project impossible and constituted a breach which the landlord, Trump Old Post Office LLC, refused to remedy,” said the food group in a written statement. “And despite our attempts to negotiate an amicable resolution, we were ultimately forced to terminate the lease. We had every intention of running a successful business that celebrates and welcomes people and cultures from around the world. The landlord allowed Mr. Trump to saddle us with the burden of his inflammatory statements, so that operating a high-end Spanish restaurant is no longer viable for us at this location.”
A Mexican former diplomat, Jorge Guajardo, has decided to help the Spanish chef by starting an Indegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money to help with Andrés’ legal defense. The goal is to raise $100,000, and around $7,400 has been raised so far, in the past 14 days.