NBC is ending its business relationship with Donald Trump over his recent comments about Mexican immigrants.
More consequences for Donald Trump after his comments about Mexican immigrants: NBC dumped his beauty pageants and reiterated he will not be in The Apprentice anymore.
The network, which has been under pressure to fire Trump since last week when Univision announced it would not air Trump’s Miss USA pageant in Spanish, said in a statement that “respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values.”
“Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump,” the statement said.
Many people weren’t buying it, such as the more than 200,000 people who signed a Change.org petition calling on NBC to fire Trump.
“Please cancel Miss USA, Miss Universe and the Apprentice,” the petition read. “You are supporting a hateful and narcissistic individual without any kind of values, both personal and business wise. Not only that, but you are supporting a growing trend of bigotry and division in this country.”
NBC, which has had to deal with some embarrassments recently (the Brian Williams debacle), could not have been happy to be accused of seeming to support bigotry.
Trump, meanwhile, continues to deny he’s a bigot. But reporters found him in Chicago where he was giving a speech to the City Club of Chicago.
On Tuesday morning the organizers of Miss USA said “we are disheartened by recent events, but the show will go on.” (However, the event currently has no television broadcaster.)
Contestants from across the country have been preparing for months for the annual event.
“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the company said in a statement on Monday. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”
Speaking to reporters after a campaign event in Chicago, Trump said he had enjoyed a “great” relationship with NBC but would not back down on his views about immigration. Trump told CNN correspondent Athena Jones that he may sue NBC.
Then, in a statement a few minutes later, he elaborated: “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.”
Trump also invoked NBC’s suspended anchorman: “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.”