More companies have decided to sever ties with Donald Trump after he made derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants during his presidential run announcement. Now, NASCAR, PGA of America, and ESPN have publicly announced that they will no longer be working with Trump.
NASCAR and ESPN have both cancelled events that were scheduled to be held on Trump-branded properties. In a statement released Tuesday, Donald Trump appeared unconcerned about the cancellations, writing, “What were the losses? 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.”
The PGA has decided to move its Grand Slam tournament from a Trump-branded golf course in Los Angeles. It is unknown whether other major championships will follow suit. Trump has bragged about owning 17 golf clubs, so the loss of multiple championships could put a big dent in his earnings for the year.
A number of organizations have chosen to dissociate themselves from the Trump brand after his controversial statements. Last week, Macy’s announced that it would no longer be carrying Trump’s menswear line. Univision also made an announcement regarding their dealings with Trump, saying that the station will stop airing the Miss USA pageant. NBC also cancelled broadcasts of the Miss USA pageant and the Miss Universe pageants and said that Trump will no longer be hosting his popular show, “The Apprentice.”
Trump has remained unapologetic about his comments, even doubling down on them in his Twitter posts. Trump’s presidential run slogan is “Make America Great Again!” In an opinion piece for Fusion, Jose Antonio Vargas called Trump “the Hispanic community’s most hated man.”
Trump has publicly blasted the companies that have decided to cut ties with him after his remarks. The presidential candidate accused Macy’s of suppressing freedom of speech in a Twitter post and retweeted customers claiming they were canceling their cards. Trump has also responded to the cancellation of the broadcasts of his pageants, filing a $500 million lawsuit against Univision for breach of contract.