Donald Trump hasn’t been the most accepting public figure when it comes to immigration reform, but it seems like he may have picked a very bad time and a very bad place to make his position clear: during his announcement for the 2016 presidential election, Trump stated that the U.S. “has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.”
He continued on, according to CNN, and called out Mexican immigrants in particular, stating “they’re bringing drugs; they’re bringing crime; they’re rapists.”
Perhaps for any other Republican candidate, these statements would have been criticized and eventually dismissed — but Trump is a part-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, which hosts the Miss USA competition. This competition is being held in two weeks.
And Univision, one of the biggest Spanish-language TV networks, did not appreciate his comments. According to TIME, the network announced that it would split from Miss Universe and refuse to show the competition on any of its channels.
Shortly after Univision pulled out of the event, Chilean singer Cristian de le Fuente and Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sanchez — the hosts for the upcoming pageant — announced that they would not be participating, either.
It didn’t stop there. As a USA Today headline best states the current situation, “NBC Dumps Trump.”
That’s right — according to an official statement from NBC Universal, the network is “ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.” NBC has been heavily involved in both Miss Universe and Miss USA competitions in the past, and the statement explains that it will no longer participate in the events nor show them on NBC networks.
Furthermore, Trump will no longer be appearing on his notorious NBC reality show, The Apprentice.
Perhaps Mexico was an easy target for Trump, as it is often at the center of immigration debates since it’s the only Spanish-speaking country that shares a border with the U.S. But considering that Mexican-born immigrants make upmore than a quarter (28%) of the 40 million immigrants that enter the U.S. each year — making this group the largest immigrant group in the nation — Trump probably could have planned that out a bit better.
According to recent Tweets, Trump appears defiant as usual, calling NBC “weak” and “foolish.”