Donald Trump is the kind of shrewd businessman that, if you cross him, you can be assured will exact his revenge. Usually in an over-the-top, childish way that actually makes him look worse ... but he will exact his revenge.
Yesterday, Univision announced that it was dropping its coverage of all Miss Universe and Miss USA events after Trump made divisive remarks about Mexican immigrants in his presidential campaign announcement. Trump is a partial owner of the pageant system.
Though Trump claimed that many Mexican immigrants were "rapists" and criminals, he immediately blamed the mainstream media for "twisting his words" and claimed that Univision was bowing to the Mexican government.
Now, Trump has hit back today by banning all Univision employees from his golf course at Trump National Doral Club. Univision's main production studios are located just a few blocks away from the resort in Doral. The resort was also host to the latest edition of the Miss Universe pageant that took place this past January (though, the actual ceremony took place at FIU Arena).
According to Politico, Trump sent a letter to Univision CEO and president Randy Falco informing him of the ban. "No Univision officer or representative" is allowed to use the facilities, he writes.
In the letter, Trump writes to Falco, "Please be advised that 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. 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."
In a post-script, Trump added: "Please congratulate your Mexican Government officials for having made such outstanding trade deals with the United States. However, inform them that should I become President, those days are over. We are bringing jobs back to the U.S. Also, a meaningful border will be immediately created, not the laughingstock that currently exists."
The Trump National Doral
Photo: Andreas Sandberg | WikiCommons
Trump has also announced that he would sue Univision over breach of contract. He claims Univision has no legal right to break the contract.
Univision responded by sending a note to its employees that they should not stay at any Trump properties while on business, nor should they hold any events at any Trump-owned properties.
Trump also escalated the feud today by posting an image of a handwritten letter he had received from Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos. Ramos politely asked Trump for an interview, noting that requests through his business and through the campaign had gone unanswered.
"Univision said they don't like Trump yet Jorge Ramos and their other anchors are begging me for interviews," wrote Trump in the caption.
The problem is that Ramos included his cell phone number (for those wondering, he does have a rare 305 number), and Trump neglected to obscure the number.
Trump did agree to an interview with Fox News' Greta Carlson and stood behind his controversial remarks.
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"Of course they're criminals in many cases, why would I change that statement?" Trump said. "Of course I'm standing by the statement, everybody knows it's true."
Though, not all Univision execs are coming off so well in this fight. Univision president of programming and content Alberto Ciurana was lambasted yesterday after he posted an image comparing Trump to Charleston's racist killer Dylann Roof. Cuirass deleted the photo and has since apologized.