Dumpin’ Donald: Serta, Nascar, ESPN & More Toss Trump
Donald Trump’s inflammatory remarks about Mexicans and undocumented immigrants — who, by the way, are helping to build his DC hotel — are coming back to bite him right in the you-know-what. We reported that NBC, Univision, and Macy’s cut ties with the real estate billionaire mogul, but there are a couple other powerful corporations that are kicking Trump, and his comb-over, to the curb.
ESPN planned to have its upcoming ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic event at the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles, but decided against it. The event is a charity that benefits the V Foundation’s Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, which provides resources for minority groups, including African-Americans and Latinos.
“Our decision reflects our deep feelings for our former colleague and support for inclusion of all sports fans. Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN and our decision also supports that commitment,” ESPN said on Monday.
NASCAR also announced that it will no longer host an upcoming event at a Trump venue.
“We looked at everything we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners and what we feel we should be doing, and that’s what led us to the decision today,” said NASCAR spokesperson David Higdon.
The CEO of NASCAR Sponsor Camping World, Marcus Lemonis, had a lot to say regarding Trump’s comments, which he called “bigoted” and “racist”:
“Our company will not stand to support any person or organization that associates with such beliefs and we feel strongly about distancing ourselves from any negative and discriminatory comments made against any gender, ethnicity, age group or so forth.”
Serta is jumping a’board the we-don’t-associate-ourselves-with-Trump train, too. According to Bloomberg, the major mattress manufacturer will discontinue Trump’s line after the licensing agreement expires at the end of 2015: “Serta values diversity and does not agree with nor endorse the recent statements made by Mr. Trump.”
Even the Big Apple — the city of New York — wants nothing to do with Trump. Mayor De Blasio called Trump’s comments “disgusting and offensive.”
“…This hateful language has no place in our city,” said Mayor De Blasio. “Our Mexican brothers and sisters make up an essential part of this city’s vibrant and diverse community, and we will continue to celebrate and support New Yorkers of every background.”
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