Wow, it looks like a Republican's nasty and vitriolic words do come with consequences. Donald Trump thought he was being provocative and entertaining to his conservative xenophobic base when he ranted against Mexicans in his presidential announcement speech.
Univision is canceling its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, an event partially owned by Donald Trump, to protest Trump's offensive remarks about Mexicans.
Univision didn't take kindly to his actions and apparently, neither did NBC. Apparently, the only ones amused by his hateful words are right wing extremists.
NBC has released a statement indicating that it is ending its relationship with Donald Trump, and will no longer carry the Trump-produced Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. In addition, reality series The Apprentice will not be returning to NBC. Here's the full statement:
"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC . In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in “The Apprentice” on NBC. “Celebrity Apprentice” is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue."
UPDATE: Trump Responds with his usual bombast.
Trump on NBC ending business relationship: I'll be suing Univision...maybe I'll be suing NBC too.
— Athena Jones (@AthenaCNN) June 29, 2015
UPDATE II via Politico, in which he evokes the name Brian Williams.
UPDATE (3:20 p.m.): Trump's office sends the following statement:As of today, Donald J. Trump is no longer affiliated with NBC. Mr. Trump stands by his statements on illegal immigration, which are accurate. NBC is weak, and like everybody else is trying to be politically correct--- that is why our country is in serious trouble.
Mr. Trump says, “We must have strong borders and not let illegal immigrants enter the United States. As has been stated continuously in the press, people are pouring across our borders unabated. Public reports routinely state great amounts of crime are being committed by illegal immigrants. This must be stopped and it must be stopped now. Long ago I told NBC that I would not being doing The Apprentice because I am running for President in order to Make our Country Great Again.”
Mr. Trump continued, “If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court. Furthermore, they will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be.”