The hits keep coming for presidential candidate Donald Trump’s “Miss Universe” pageant.
The Mexican media company Televisa, which selects Mexico’s representative to the contest, announced it would not participate Monday, according to Reuters.
Televisa reportedly said it was severing ties with the pageant because of Trump’s controversial comments about Mexican migrants to the US.
“For Televisa, any commercial relationship with the Miss Universe pageant and with the companies of the Trump organisation is unacceptable,” the company said.
“A spokesman said the release meant that a Mexican contestant would not be sent to the pageant,” Reuters added.
Televisa’s announcement follows two other television stations cutting their business relationships with Trump due to his statements about Mexico. NBC, which also hosted Trump’s “Apprentice” show, announced Monday that his “recent derogatory statements” fuelled its decision to drop him. Univision made a similar announcement last week.
Trump made the controversial remarks when he kicked off his presidential campaign earlier in the month. While raging against illegal immigration, the real estate mogul accused Mexico of sending its rapists and drug dealers to the US.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best; they’re not sending you,” Trump said in his announcement speech, according to a transcript. “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.”
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider on Televisa’s decision to drop the pageant.
Trump responded aggressively after Univision and NBC cut ties with him. Among other things, he said both networks broke their contracts and could be sued.
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