NBC ‘Fires’ Trump
American television network NBC announced Monday that it would no longer air episodes of potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s The Apprentice because of his recent statements about Mexicans.
The network said it would also stop airing the “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” beauty pageants, which are produced with Trump.
“They’re sending people who have a lot of problems,” Trump said of Mexico during his announcement to run for president last week. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
As a presidential candidate, Trump cannot have a television show, because doing so is viewed as advertising for his campaign.
This was one of the major factors Trump cited when he flirted with, and eventually dropped, the idea for running for president in 2012. His popularity among voters waned after U.S. president Barack Obama presented his long-form birth certificate. Trump was a major promoter of the so-called “birther” movement.
Trump has said he would not star in a new season of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” telling CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that he was giving up the spot to run for president.
So does this mean that Trump is “for reals” this time? He still has not filed the financial disclosure paperwork required for his campaign. His opponents in both parties will go over every syllable of those docs and use anything they can find against him.
“I think as far as ending the relationship, I have to do that, because my view on immigration is much different from the people at NBC,” he said. “You cannot have [….] illegal immigration. You don’t have a country if you have that.
“So I told NBC, I can’t change my stance,” Trump said.