Donald Trump is experiencing the fallout from his controversial presidential campaign speech. The politician has now been dropped by longtime partner NBC following anti-Mexican remarks he made while announcing his candidacy for president. Still, Donald says he stands by everything he said and insists that his view on immigration is ‘correct.’
Hey, Donald Trump — you’re fired! NBC has dropped the 69-year-old as host of The Apprentice, and will also not be airing the Miss USA or Miss Universe pageants. The decision comes after Donald made majorly controversial comments about Mexican immigrants in a speech to announce his bid for the 2016 presidential campaign.
“Due to the recent derogatory comments by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump,” the network said in a statement. “At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values.” This decision will take a major toll on Donald, as he co-owns the Miss Universe Organization, and the Miss USA pageant was set to air on NBC on July 12.
Not only will the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants no longer air on the network, but Donald is also not welcome to return as host to The Apprentice, a job he’s held since 2004. His show Celebrity Apprentice is expected to come back with a new season, but he is not welcome to be involved.
“When do we meet Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically,” Donald said in his speech on June 16. “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with them. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming, probably — probably — from the Middle East.”
After NBC announced its decision, Donald held a press conference in which he addressed the situation — and he shockingly stood by everything he said in the campaign speech! “My stance on immigration is correct,” he told reporters, also adding that NBC was ‘unhappy’ when he revealed he’d be running in the 2016 presidential race.
While Donald was severely mocked for his candidacy announcement, he didn’t experience major fallout immediately. In fact, it wasn’t until June 25 that the backlash really got bad, when J Balvin announced his decision not to perform at the Miss USA pageant because of Donald. Others involved in the show quickly followed suit.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of NBC’s decision to cut ties with Donald?
— Alyssa Norwin