NBC fired Donald Trump today.
Last week Trump’s Miss Universe pageant was dropped by Univision.
Both networks are reacting to racist remarks by the Republican Primary contender, who is currently running second in the New Hampshire polls, ahead of Marco Rubio and only slightly trailing Jeb Bush.
It’s unsurprising that Trump’s very un-PC remarks were noticed by Univision first. The article by Fusion’s widely respected anchor personality “Jorge Ramos: Donald Trump You’re Fired” was released on the Fusion News Network six days ago.
Two days later Trump replied by doxing Mr. Ramos in a widely reported incident.
Ramos’ cellphone has been changed after the resulting deluge of unimaginably awful and mean messages Trump‘s fans were certain to send the newsman of Mexican descent and United States citizenship.
Fusion is a partnership Univision created with ABC based in Miami.
If the Republican Party is looking to win Latino votes. Trump’s insults towards America’s nearest country on the southern border is not the best way to start a Presidential campaign.
1. Donald Trump HATES Mexico
This is a direct quote from The Donald during last week’s Republican primary race entry speech:
“Mexico is not our friend, they’re killing us economically. The US has become a dumping ground for everyone else’s problems, and these are the best and the finest. Mexico is sending people with lots of problems, they’re doing drugs, they’re bringing crime and rape. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America and probably from the Middle East.”
Rather kind of The Donald to sweep all of South America and the Middle East into his swamp of racial stereotyping and generalization to keep Mexico from feeling totally alone here.
2. Donald Trump Is Obsessed with the Southern Border, Uninterested in Completely Unguarded Canadian border
Trump’s childish fantasies of building the best border fence ever were one of his campaign platform’s center pieces.
What about the insecure Canadian border?
The Donald’s focus on “The Border” to our south paints it exclusively as a place where Mexicans steal jobs, sell cars, rape and doing drugs while they migrate illegally.
Canada didn’t merit a single mention during Trump’s rambling 45 minute speech.
Trump waxed poetically about his wall building abilities, about the quality of his beloved wall, and how he would build a wall under budget too. His pitch to imbue golf courses with Trump developer’s magic somehow migrated into becoming his pitch to the Republican Party to be elected Wall Builder in Chief.
Trump put a cherry on top declaring that he’d “get Mexico to pay for the wall” too.
So much for diplomacy.
3. Donald Trump Hates Free Trade If Mexico is Involved, Canada Not So Much
Trump said that he was ready to call the head of Ford Motor Company – whom he knows – and as President would say:
“Congratulations. For every car that comes across “the border”, we’re charging a 35% tax (import tariff) paid up front coming across that border” for establishing a $2.3 Billion dollar plant south of the border.
Why is he so upset that a hispanic country like Mexico has middle class manufacturing jobs, but does he think Canada “isn’t our friend” too?
The United States accounts for 97% of the Canadian auto industry’s exports in turn employing 550,000 Canadian workers and paying for their social healthcare with cars purchased with our US Dollars.
Canada sold more than $44 Billion dollars worth of cars and parts to the United States in 2012 alone.
It’s saddening to watch The Donald transform himself from a laughable caricature of himself on television into a race baiting bully on the national stage.
Is that what we as a nation really want in a President?
Kudos to NBC for making the tough call, firing Trump and choosing principles over profits.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.