It looks like Donald Trump is about to get tangled up in another legal skirmish.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition issued a statement Thursday saying Trump has threatened to sue the advocacy group after it slammed him for what it described as his “bigoted, racist, anti-Latino rant.”
“This afternoon, Thursday July 2, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) received a call from The Trump Organization’s chief counsel threatening a lawsuit against NHMC if it does not cease its advocacy efforts,” the group said in a statement issued to TheWrap.
“NHMC will not stand down in its defense of the American Latino community, especially against the racist statements Trump made during his June 16 Presidential announcement,” the statement continued.
The NHMC also revealed that it is lawyering up to fight Trump.
“Tom Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), has agreed to defend NHMC against any litigation threats,” the statement noted.
Last month the group made headlines when it praised NBCUniversal for dumping Trump.
“Today, hundreds of thousands of Latinos and non-Latinos cheer NBCUniversal and its parent company Comcast for severing their relationship with Donald Trump for his bigoted, racist, anti-Latino rant,” the NHMC said at the time.
During his controversial announcement speech, the real estate magnate called Mexican immigrants “rapists,” among other things.
Since then, a number of his business partners have parted ways with the tycoon/politician. Univision and NBC both opted not to broadcast the upcoming Miss USA pageant, which Trump co-owns. The pageant, scheduled for July 12, will now air on Reelz Channel. NBC also dumped Trump as host of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
Additionally, the outspoken Republican candidate was dropped by Macy’s, which carried a Trump menswear line, though he claimed that the decision to part ways with the retailer was actually his.
Trump’s legal team has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment on the NHMC’s statement. But this wouldn’t be the first time that Trump has taken legal action in response to his Mexican mess.
On Tuesday, he filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision for dropping the Miss USA pageant.
“Univision has no right to terminate its relationship with [the organization] and refuse to broadcast the upcoming Miss USA pageant,” the complaint stated.
Univision responded to the suit with its own statement. “We just reviewed Mr. Trump’s complaint for the first time, and it is both factually false and legally ridiculous,” the network said.