The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) praised NBC Universal for severing ties with Donald Trump in light of his comments that it considers hate speech.
“Today, hundreds of thousands of Latinos and non-Latinos cheer NBC Universal and its parent company Comcast for severing their relationship with Donald Trump for his bigoted, racist, anti-Latino rant,” the NHMC, which boasts a long history of advocating against hate speech in media, said in a statement. “NBC Universal/Comcast, to its credit, moved to disassociate itself from a man who has either failed to realize or to accept that hate speech against any and all communities will no longer be tolerated.”
NBC Universal announced on Monday that it would not air the Miss USA nor the Miss Universe pageants, both of which he produces. It also said that the real estate mogul will no longer host “The Apprentice,” which has been airing on the network for more than ten years. Trump, though, has stated that the split from NBC was his decision.
The news comes on the heels of a Friday meeting between NHMC’s President and CEO Alex Nogales, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt and NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke.
“It is good to have media partners with a conscience who understand that doing business with people like Trump is not only unconscionable, but also would harm relationships with the Latino community and other fair-minded non-Latinos,” Nogales said.
Comcast is following Univision and the two Miss US. Pageant MCs, Roselyn Sanchez and Cristian de la Fuente, in ending its relationship with him.
Trump made a number of infamous comments while announcing his bid for the White House on June 16, such as the following:
“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. Thank you. It’s true and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. 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.”