Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences for what you say, as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump found out today. Trump, who is no stranger to controversy and has climbed rapidly in the ranks of 2016 GOP hopefuls, finally made a mistake that’s going to hurt him in the place that matters most – in his wallet.
During the short time that Donald Trump has been a candidate, he’s made a point of making inflammatory remarks, especially when it comes to immigrants. NBC has finally decided that he has gone too far, and told Donald Trump ‘you’re fired!’
NBC has cut ties with business mogul Donald Trump, whose show “The Apprentice” has aired on the network since 2004, over Trump’s recent derogatory statements about immigrants.
According to a statement, the network is “ending its business relationship” with Trump, noting the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants and “The Apprentice” will no longer air on NBC.
While announcing his candidacy in the 2016 GOP presidential primary race, Trump bashed Mexican immigrants, calling some “rapists.”
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you,” Trump said. “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.” (Source)
The takeaway from this is while the media thrives on controversy, when someone who works for you makes statements that insult a rapidly growing demographic, the pressure from sponsors to dump someone like Trump is more important. My feeling is that the only reason Donald Trump was in this race to begin with was to raise his public image once again and create buzz for the TV shows that will now no longer be on NBC. Now that NBC has cut ties with him, Trump really has no other incentive to be in the race – other than to troll the other Republican presidential hopefuls, something he’s done quite well during the brief period of time he has been an official candidate.
The other possibility is that Donald Trump stays in the race and attempts to take his shows to Fox, but while his kind of rhetoric might play well on Sean Hannity’s show, it won’t fly with the network overall. Fox News Latino is another part of their business, and even Fox should be smart enough not to associate themselves with someone who makes these kinds of remarks so publicly, and without remorse.
Trump told reporters in Chicago on Monday that he’s not apologizing for claiming some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the country. He says if his “strong stance” on immigration fuels NBC’s decision, he’s fine with it. He says he’ll “probably” sue. (Source)
I hope that like Bobby Jindal, Donald Trump stays in the race for as long as possible and keeps on making statements like the ones that cost him his job with NBC. Whether he believes in what he’s saying or not, Donald Trump is doing serious damage to the Republican Party’s attempts to draw in non-white voters, and that’s just fine by me.
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