Donald Trump has faced a serious backlash after declaring that Mexican immigrants are rapists and criminals. Univision announced that it would no longer air Trump’s Miss USA pageant, so Trump retaliated by declaring that no Univision employee may use his golf course in Miami. He may well have violated the law with that move.
Reality star Donald Trump continued his feud with Univision on Friday, telling the broadcaster’s CEO that no company employee would be admitted inside the Miami golf course and resort Trump owns, Politico reported.
“Under no circumstances is any officer or representative of Univision allowed to use Trump National Doral, Miami — its golf courses or any of its facilities,” Trump wrote in a letter to Univision head Randy Falco. “Also, please immediately stop work and close the gate which is being constructed between our respective properties. If this is not done within one week, we will close it.”
The letter was released a day after the network announced it would no longer broadcast the Miss USA pageant, which is run by Trump’s organization of the same name, citing Trump’s anti-immigrant comments during his campaign launch event earlier this month. Univision said in a statement that it was cutting all ties with the real estate mogul.
Both state and federal law forbids discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of race and ethnicity. He might be able to argue that he isn’t discriminating on the basis of them being Latino, but given his record of saying blatantly racist things about them, that may well not fly. And insulting Latinos in Miami? Probably not the smartest career move, especially for someone running for president. But Trump really does think that he can do anything he wants. Thus this statement:
“Please congratulate your Mexican Government officials for having made such outstanding trade deals with the United States,” Trump wrote. “However, inform them that should I become President, those days are over.”
Uh, Don…you do realize that the president doesn’t get to make that decision, right? We signed a treaty. The president doesn’t get to decide on his own to withdraw from it.