Presidential candidate Donald Trump, a part-time Palm Beach resident, is getting serious backlash over comments about Mexican immigrants in his campaign announcement speech.
NBC is severing ties to the outspoken celebrity business mogul, and will not air the partially Trump-owned Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.
Trump fired back with a statement accusing NBC of giving in to political correctness and being “weak and foolish.” The network is willing to “stand behind ‘lying Brian Williams,’ Trump said, “but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is.”
Spanish-language channel Univision also severed ties will Trump last week, saying it won’t air the pageants because of his comments. Trump then barred Univision execs from his Doral golf course.
In his June 16 announcement, Trump said Mexican immigrants were “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” He also supports building a wall along the southern border of the U.S., forcing Mexico to pay for it – a suggestion the Mexican government calls “biased and absurd.”
Trump doubled down on his comments in a statement Monday.
“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.
“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 be doing The Apprentice because I am running for President in order to Make our Country Great Again.
“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.”