Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has long been known for making prejudice, outright disrespectful comments towards minorities on one of his many public platforms and his recent decision to run for president in 2016 has shined even more of a spotlight on his often inappropriate disposition.
During his announcement that he’ll be vying for the top seat in the White House next year, Donald Trump also made it a point to reiterate his opposing stance on immigration by spewing some very hateful stereotypes about immigrants who come to America to make a living, specifically those in the Latino community. Among the outright racist comments that he made while confirming his bid for the Presidency was the notion that the United States has “become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico send 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 us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Shortly following his comments, NBC, who houses both his Celebrity Apprentice reality show and his long-running Miss Universe Pageant, began distancing themselves from Trump by promptly issuing a statement to make it clear that they do not agree with several of his views as a Presidential candidate. In light of NBC’s statement and the Univision network’s decision to drop the Miss Universe Pageant from their programming, a petitioner by the name of Guillermo Castaneda Jr. has launched a petition to have Trump and his programs fully removed from NBC. Included in the details of the petition was this response to Trump’s hateful comments against Latinos:
A few days ago, one of your reality show stars by the name of Donald Trump decided to announce his candidacy for the largest public position in the United States, the presidency. He called Latinos…rapists drug users and criminals.”
I am not a rapist. I have never taken drugs, and the worst thing I have ever done is going fast on the freeway from time to time,” continued Castaneda Jr. “I am not worth $4.1 billion, but my people spend way more than that on your advertisers. We have a voice and we decide the future of this country.”
Univision is the largest Spanish-language broadcaster and has since issued Trump an apology for their decision, but it seems there are plenty in the Latino community who aren’t looking to be forgiven by Trump as the petition to NBC has already garnered over 200,000 signatures.
NBC Cuts Ties With Donald Trump Over “Derogatory Statements,” Pulls Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants
From The Hollywood Reporter:
The network is “ending its business relationship” with Trump over his “recent derogatory statements” regarding immigrants, the company said in a statement Monday.
“To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC,” the statement continued. “In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Apprentice on NBC.”