We already knew that Donald Trump was going to be losing “The Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC (for now) thanks to campaign rules that limit the amount of time in which they can give to any individual candidate for President. That show could return at some point in the future.
What we’ve learned today is that Trump has lost another network partner in an even more substantial way, and for a much more damaging reason. Following comments that he has made about Mexican immigrants to the United States both in his announcement and other interviews, Univision has dropped their broadcast of the Miss USA Pageant (which is owned by Trump) along with any other projects tied to his organization. They will continue to cover Trump alongside all of the other candidates for President.
In a statement, the network addressed this with the following:
“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.”
Trump has responded with a fiery series of messages on Twitter, blaming the Mexican government and trade agreements for the move. He also accuses Univision of going back on the contract that they signed to broadcast the pageant.
One other interesting wrinkle in all of this is that many Miss USA contestants have Latino roots. As a matter of fact, the reigning Miss USA in Nia Sanchez is half-Mexican. These are people who many Latino viewers would likely want to see on television.
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