Trump Says He’s Struck Back at Univision With $500M Lawsuit

NBCUniversal has wisely made a decision to protect its brand and cut all ties to the businessman and presidential candidate.


Miss Venezuela 2013, Gabriela Isler poses during a photocall with US business magnate and Miss Universe organizer Donald Trump after winning the 2013 Miss Universe Grand Finale.

Donald Trump wasn’t joking when he said he was going to sue Univision. Then he stuck the knife in. “They will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but will not stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be”.

In a rambling campaign announcement on June 16, Trump lashed out at Mexico and Mexican migrants, saying that they were bringing drugs, crime and “rapists” to the United States.

The statement accused Univision of engaging in a “politically motivated attempt to suppress Mr. Trump’s freedom of speech under the First Amendment as he begins to campaign for the nation’s presidency”.

The Mexican government denounced Trump’s remarks as “prejudiced and absurd”, while Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called the real estate mogul a “thief”.

In striking a business arrangement with Donald Trump, maybe Baton Rouge and state officials considered the possibility that Trump would shoot off his mouth and spoil the deal.

In a sense, NBC’s hand was forced by Univision’s decision.

The contract, valued at US$13.5 million, was to run from 2015 to 2019.

Univision has not commented on the lawsuit. She applauded the decision by Mexican television network Televisa not to air the pageant.

Or maybe this is about settling an old score.

Understandably scandalized, both the Spanish language network Univision and NBC canceled plans to broadcast the pageant.

Trump’s statement also defended his controversial statements about Mexico. There is no way of knowing. The network hasn’t yet announced who will take his place. Generally speaking, you won’t find a more light-skinned and fair-haired bunch. “To me, it’s impossible to nearly believe – 80 percent of Central American women and girls are raped crossing into the United States”.

The lawsuit also notes that Trump’s views on Mexican immigration are well known. How did that happen?


The reaction came in response to Trump’s filing the complaint in NY demanding “an order awarding damages in favor of Mr. Trump for defamation against Defendants, jointly and severally, in an amount to be determined at trial, but believed to be in excess of $500 million, together with interest”.

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