TRUMP DUMPED BY NETWORK
|| By FITSNEWS || We eschewed the “You’re Fired” headline every other news outlet went with, but Donald Trump – the billionaire real estate mogul, reality TV mega-star and 2016 presidential candidate – has been dumped by NBC Universal.
That means the network will no longer air the Miss USA pageant, scheduled for July 12, or the Miss Universe pageant – events NBC Universal co-owns with Trump.
What’s driving the dust-up? Controversial comments made by Trump regarding Mexican immigrants.
“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the company said in a statement. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”
Trump – who trademarked the catchphrase “You’re Fired” as part of his popular Apprentice programs – responded with characteristic defiance.
“NBC is weak, and like everybody else is trying to be politically correct – that is why our country is in serious trouble,” a release from Trump’s presidential campaign declared.
Trump also noted how NBC was hypocritical for firing him but not disgraced news anchor Brian Williams – who was busted lying about his experiences covering the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
“They will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be,” Trump said.
Pivoting back to policy, Trump is obviously hoping the high profile feud with NBC will burnish his hardline immigration credentials among GOP primary voters.
“We must have strong borders and not let illegal immigrants enter the United States,” he said. “As has been stated continuously in the press, people are pouring across our borders unabated. Public reports routinely state great amounts of crime are being committed by illegal immigrants. This must be stopped and it must be stopped now.”