UPDATE, 9:55 AM: The GOP White House hopeful says influence from the government of our southern neighbor is the real reason Univision dropped the Miss USA pageant today. Donald Trump‘s office just released a statement on the network’s decision to break their deal with the Miss Universe Organization – and he’s not backing down on Univision breaking a contract or what he considers bad trade deals the American government has made with Mexico. Check it all out for yourself:
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!
PREVIOUS, 7:31 AM: New GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks last week about building a wall along the southern U.S. border to keep out Mexican “rapists,” drug dealers and other crooks got a blunt response today from Spanish-language Univision. Just more than two weeks before the Miss USA pageant was due to air on the network, Univision announced this morning it will no longer have anything to do with the Miss Universe Organization, which Trump owns part of:
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.
Univision News and the local news division will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of all candidates, including Mr. Trump, to ensure our audience continues to have access to all points of view.
During his campaign kickoff speech on June 16, The Celebrity Apprentice host said, “the U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.” He added, “They’re not sending you. 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. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Today, Trump responded to Univision’s action online with this:
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
Univision and the Miss Universe Organization announced in January an estimated more than $10 million agreement to air the Spanish-language version of Miss USA and Miss Universe. No word yet as to what the Randy Falco-run media company will put on in Miss USA’s place.