NBC drops airing of Ms. USA and Ms. Universe as it cuts ties with Donald Trump, reports USA Today.
During Trump’s speech for his presidential campaign he said, “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.”
This caused an uproar among Hispanic Advocacy groups that they called for NBC to drop Trump, in which the said campaign on change.com got over 200,000 signatures.
“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.”
This is the second instance that Trump’s shows are being dropped on air as Univision, a US-Spanish Language broadcaster, dropped the airing of Ms. Universe last week.
USA Today notes that Trump claimed that he fired himself from NBC because they did not want him to run for President. He also stated that they wanted him to still host The Apprentice, however, since Hispanic Advocacy groups are pressuring the network, they decided they did not want him anymore. He also called NBC weak and foolish for not siding with him. He also declared that he will take NBC’s decision of dropping the shows to court due to bridge of contract.
ABC News reports that another broadcasting company, Televisa, had recently dropped Trump following Univision and NBC.
However, this doesn’t seem to affect his stand in polls as he is currently running second to former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush amongst other Republican hopefuls.