“Trump Gets Dumped” has become the media catchphrase for billionaire Donald Trump’s business setbacks from his Mexican-migrant remarks, just as he tops the GOP ranking for the 2016 presidential candidacy. Blue chip companies have been severing ties with him, coincidental to his besting fifteen other candidates in the Republican race for the presidential nomination.
Desertions from among Trump’s business allies started when he announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination in the lobby of the Trump Tower in New York City on June 16, according to the Washington Post. His speech included these controversial remarks.
“When Mexico sends its people they aren’t 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, but I speak to border guards and they tell us what they’re getting.”
How Trump gets dumped by his former business stalwarts can be tracked in the following chronological order, according to Rolling Stone. On June 25, Spanish-language television network Univision abandoned its broadcast arrangement with the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants co-owned by Trump. NBC Universal followed suit on June 29, announcing its decision to drop Trump’s pageants and end his involvement with The Apprentice which he’d hosted for over 10 years. Also on June 29, Spanish-language media company Televisa, proprietor of the Mexican pageant linked to Miss Universe, announced it would not send a Miss Mexico contestant this time around. On June 30, the Mexican Ora TV network indicated that it would not work with a person who did not share its values. On July 1, U.S. department store chain Macy’s confirmed its decision to drop the Donald J. Trump Collection of men’s clothing and jewelry, along with his bottled water and fragrances.
Other parties came forward, according to ABC News, with announcements that they would distance themselves from Trump. They were New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reviewing Trump contracts with the City, NASCAR sponsor Marcus Lemonis refusing to attend NASCAR awards ceremonies on Trump property, bedding producer Serta unwinding its relationship with Trump, ESPN moving its annual Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump’s National Golf Club to another venue, PGA following ESPN in looking for a new venue, PVH Corporation deciding to stop making Trump’s clothing line for Macy’s, and the Federal Aviation Administration deliberating on name changes for Trump-inspired flight coordinates UFIRD (you’re fired), DONLD and TRMMP above the Palm Beach International Airport.
According to CBC, former Republican strategist Roger Stone had this to say about Trump’s strength in the GOP polls.
“His numbers only appear to be going up. Donald Trump’s sin is he said some comments that were politically incorrect. But politically incorrect is not the same thing as unpopular, depending on what segment of the population you’re talking to.”
The paradox attracting media attention is that while Trump gets dumped in his business associations, his star is rising politically.
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