Trump Sues Univision For $500 Million, Gets Dumped By Macy’s
Update: Macy’s has joined NBC in dumping Trump for his incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants.
Under pressure by a MoveOn.org petition to break with Donald Trump, the department store said today in a statement, “We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation… In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004.”
Trump responded in usual combative fashion: “Both Macy’s and NBC totally caved at the first sight of potential difficulty with special interest groups who are nothing more than professional agitators, who are not looking out for the people they purport to represent, but only for themselves. It is people like this that are actually running our country because our leaders are weak and ineffective.”
Donald Trump is suing Univision for $500 million after the network cut ties with the presidential candidate over offensive comments he made about Mexican immigrants. The Miss USA pageant was scheduled to air on Univision on July 12, but the Spanish-language station has put the kibosh on that plan.
Trump says he also has intentions of suing NBCUniversal for breaking with the pageant and forcing Trump off of Celebrity Apprentice.
In an initial statement, Trump called NBC “weak” for taking action in response to Trump’s comments.
“As a consequence of their inappropriate actions, Univision and NBC have abandoned 51 wonderful young women who have come from all over the United States to pursue their dream of being crowned Miss USA,” Trump said in a statement.
Instead of airing the beauty contest, NBC will broadcast American Ninja Warrior in the three-hour slot. No other network has stepped in to take the broadcast. Variety says the pageant will now be livestreamed on MissUniverse.com/MissUSA. The contest also needs to find new hosts after Cheryl Burke and MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts pulled out.
During his remarks announcing his presidential bid, Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” He later expanded on the comments saying he was talking about the US’ lax immigration policy and a trade policy that puts this country at a disadvantage.
If that’s what he wanted to say, he needed to choose better words to express that, something Trump is not known for. It doesn’t look like Trump has a chance of being President of the US, but he could be in for a lesson in talking about the issues appropriately while he’s on the campaign trail.