Donald Trump Hits Univision With $500M Lawsuit, Calls NBC ‘Weak’
You won’t like him when he’s angry.
Donald Trump served Univision with a $500 million lawsuit in response to their decision to dissociate from the Miss USA pageant. The Spanish-language channel declared that they would not be broadcasting the 2015 beauty competition after Trump spewed controversial remarks on Mexican immigration in his presidential candidacy announcement.
“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime,” Trump asserted, calling Mexican immigrants “rapists”. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.”
The Republican candidate went on The O’Reilly Factor on Tuesday, June 30 to share his side of the story.
“I have a signed contract for five years on the pageants. They have no right to terminate. They didn’t even send me a letter, they terminated with a PR statement … One of the top people at Univision, so apologetic, [said], ”Donald, we shouldn’t be doing this, I know that. We’ll pay you whatever money you need or whatever money you want.'”
However, after reviewing his case, Univision told Deadline that Trump’s case is “both factually false and legally ridiculous”.
“We will not only vigorously defend the case, but will continue to fight against Mr. Trump’s ongoing efforts to run away from the derogatory comments he made,” the network contested. “Our decision to end our business relationship with Mr. Trump was influenced solely by our responsibility to speak up for the community we serve.”
Trump banned Univision employees from entering any of his properties in a letter that was sent to the company’s CEO last week.
The Apprentice host went on to call NBCUniversal “weak” for pulling the plug on Miss USA as well, following in suit with Univision. He claimed that the network was already unsettled by his campaign’s implications on the reality show’s ratings.
“We had very good ratings last season, and they were not happy when I said, ‘I’m running,'” he said. “They went out and renewed [The Apprentice] and … the other day I went up to No. 2 in the polls, so they see they’re not going to be getting me. Then they have people complaining about my rhetoric.”
“I’ve had the same rhetoric for years … I’ve been fighting border security and I’ve been fighting trade more than anyone else.”
And he stuck by his rhetoric to O’Reilly. “Bill, what they are doing to us in trade in unbelievable. They’re taking our jobs, they’re taking our manufacturing, and they’re taking our money. I’m not angry at Mexico … I’m angry at our country for having such bad negotiators and such bad leaders.”
America: You’re fired.