Univision So P*ssed Off At Donald Trump’s Racism That They Severed All Ties With Him

If there’s one thing Donald Trump is good at, it’s making people angry with him. He’s currently embroiled in a huge dispute with Univision, which dropped the Miss USA pageant in protest over Trump’s racist remarks about Latino immigrants from Mexico. Given that Univision is our largest Spanish-speaking network, it’s perfectly understandable that they would want to distance themselves from someone like him. Trump has partial ownership of the Miss USA pageant, so this is a bold step for them.

Some of the remarks in question are, according to CNN Money:

“[Mexicans are] bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”

Why doesn’t he just say, “Black people are thugs, but I’m sure there are a few that aren’t,” while he’s at it? He just stereotyped Mexican immigrants, documented and undocumented, as raping, pillaging criminals. No wonder Univision is upset with him. He’s certainly not going to win over minority votes with that attitude.

A different article on CNN says that Trump stood by those remarks yesterday, but qualified them with this nonsense:

“I am personally offended by the mainstream media’s attempt to distort my comments regarding Mexico and its great people. I have many successful business relationships with Mexican companies and employ, and am close friends with, many Mexican people. I also have tremendous respect for the leaders of Mexico, who, frankly, are much smarter and tougher than our politicians here in the United States.”

There it is, the some-of-my-closest-friends-are-insert-oppressed-group-here comment, which is inevitably meant to “prove” that the speaker can’t possibly harbor some type of hate against the group they’ve targeted. It was only a matter of time before he trotted that one out.

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Univision issued a statement saying that they’re cutting all ties with Trump. It said, according to Politico:

“[We see] the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country. We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12th or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.”

For his part, Trump sees this as some sort of conspiracy against him, out of Mexico. The Politico piece says he believes that Univision is under heavy pressure from the Mexican government, which wants to stop him from exposing weaknesses at the southern border. He also blasted every other “normal” politician out there on the assumption that they would have “caved” to such pressure themselves.

In other words, he’s patently unapologetic for his racist remarks. Seriously, does he think he doesn’t need Latinos to vote for him in order to get elected? He must, because otherwise, he would have freaking apologized as best he could for that! Instead, he alienated an entire television network, and probably a large segment of the Latino base, particularly those who’ve come here legally, and are hardworking, law-abiding citizens or legal permanent residents.

Univision made the right call. Now it’s time to hope that the lawsuit against them doesn’t go anywhere. NBCUniversal, which also owns the Miss USA organization, has yet to comment on this situation.

 

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