CANDIDATE USES UNIVISION DEBATE TO ADVANCE TRADE, IMMIGRATION ISSUES …
|| By FITSNEWS || Donald Trump is using a corporate dispute between his company and the world’s largest Spanish-language television network to drive a debate on so-called “free trade” agreements and immigration – two issues which could conceivably fuel his 2016 “Republican” presidential primary aspirations.
Trump’s organization is at war with New York-based Univision – which caters to America’s growing Hispanic population.
At issue? Comments made by the billionaire real estate mogul and reality television mega-star earlier this month.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
A Univision executive – Alberto Ciurana – responded by likening Trump to 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof, the confessed perpetrator of last week’s “Holy City Massacre” in which nine black South Carolinians were murdered in their place of worship.
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Anyway, Univision has used the dust-up as an excuse to ban Trump’s beauty pageant from its airwaves, prompting him to sue the company – and send its chief executive the proverbial sternly worded letter.
Why should you care?
“Please congratulate your Mexican Government officials for having made such outstanding trade deals with the United States. However, inform them that should I become President, those days are over,” Trump wrote in his letter to Univision. “We are bringing jobs back to the U.S. Also, a meaningful border will be immediately created, not the laughingstock that currently exists.”
Not only is Trump deftly positioning himself against Obama, he’s positioning himself against his establishment “Republican” rivals like Marco Rubio – who cast the deciding vote for Obama’s trade deal in the U.S. Senate.
We remain substantially less-than-sold on Trump’s “presidential timber,” but there’s no universe in which an aggressive anti-Obama stance on trade and immigration – one which comes at the expense of many of his GOP rivals – hurts his positioning in the fight for the “Republican” nomination.
UPDATE: Univision’s executive has issued an apology to Trump, but “The Donald” is having none of it. “Apology not accepted,” he said in a statement. Trump also said Univision – which is planning to host a 2016 presidential debate – “should not be allowed to host” such an event. “It is a total conflict of interest,” Trump said.