Real-estate magnate Donald Trump is out with a fiery new statement mocking the media for its coverage of his presidential campaign.
Trump’s Tuesday statement focused on ESPN, which canceled an upcoming tournament at a Trump golf course, and NASCAR, which is moving an upcoming banquet from a Trump resort.
Both moves, the Republican businessman said, are not a big deal at all.
“The disassociation of ESPN and NASCAR with the Trump Organisation was covered by the press in headlines all over the world as though it was a major setback for me. Really? What were the losses?” Trump asked.
He added that he would now be able to rent out space to new groups of people, boosting his profit margins, and that both ESPN and NASCAR would be losing their deposits.
Trump also extensively praised the properties the events were scheduled to take place at.
“One NASCAR banquet in a magnificent ballroom at Trump National Doral in Miami for which I will keep their very substantial deposit and rent the ballroom to someone else that night — in other words, two fees instead of one (NASCAR has already apologised to me)!” Trump exclaimed. “In the case of ESPN … they lost a large deposit. I will now let people use the course on that day, receiving substantial additional greens fee income. Again, I get two fees instead of one.”
ESPN and NASCAR are just two of several business entities that have cut ties with Trump since his June 16 campaign launch, during which he railed against the Mexican government for supposedly sending its “rapists” and drug runners to the US.
Macy’s, Univision, NBC, and others also recently moved to separate themselves from Trump while saying they found his remarks offensive. These moves prompted furious reactions from the GOP businessman, who has repeatedly insisted there isn’t anything controversial about pointing to criminals crossing the US border.
“Give me a break!” Trump’s statement concluded. “All of this because of my strong stance on illegal immigration during my run for President…Make America Great Again!”
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