Univision Communications announced today that it is severing ties with the Miss Universe Organization, citing “insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants” by Donald Trump, a part owner of the Miss Universe pageant.
“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,” Univision said in a statement. “We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12th or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.”
Deadline.com notes: “During his campaign kick-off speech on June 16, the ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ host said, ‘When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.’ He added, ‘They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.’”
Univision noted in its statement: “Univision News and the local news division will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of all candidates, including Mr. Trump, to ensure our audience continues to have access to all points of view.”
Trump responded to the action with a tweet saying: “Univision wants to back out of signed @MissUniverse contract because I exposed the terrible trade deals that the U.S. makes with Mexico.”