Will Donald Trump's public meltdowns ever stop being fantastic real-time entertainment? Can't say for sure, but it's certainly interesting to watch him respond to the fallout over his most recent bout of racist, xenophobic word vomit.
After asserting recently that most Mexican immigrants to the U.S. are "rapists" and "people that have lots of problems" (oh, but "some" are "good people"), Trump promptly faced backlash for his grotesque generalizations, and it's hurting business. On Thursday, the Spanish-language network Univision announced that it will be cutting all ties with the Republican magnate, and that it will no longer air Trump's Miss USA pageant. And, in case you were wondering, it's definitely because of what he said about immigrants:
Today the entertainment division of Univision Communications Inc. announced that it is ending the Company’s business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which is part-owned by Donald J. Trump, based on his recent, insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants. At Univision we see first-hand 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.
But according to the GOP presidential hopeful -- behaving in true petulant manchild form -- Univision's decision doesn't have to do with him being a total jagweed. Rather, Trump claims the network dropped his organization because of his astute commentary on American trade deals with Mexico -- commentary he claims the Mexican government didn't like:
Univision wants to back out of signed @MissUniverse contract because I exposed the terrible trade deals that the U.S. makes with Mexico.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2015
Trump also released a statement elaborating on his claims that the Mexican government pressured Univision to drop the pageant (via Deadline):
The Mexican government and others are putting tremendous pressure on Univision to break their signed and fully effective contract with the Miss Universe Organization because Mr. Trump has been exposing to the public, and the world, the significant damage that is being done at the southern border, and the terrible and costly trade deals that the United States is incompetently making with Mexico (these deals are great for Mexico and horrible for the United States). This has been sharply and openly brought out during Mr. Trump’s run for President of the United States. “Mexican leadership has been doing serious damage to the United States by out-negotiating our representatives and political leaders. They are taking our jobs, taking our money and at the same time hurting us at the border with illegals from all over the world freely flowing into our country.” Mr. Trump cannot be silenced on this very important problem for the United States. I have great respect for Mexico and love the Mexican people, but my loyalty is to the United States and making our country great again!
Oh, Donald, when will you learn?