Aside from the fact that referring to Mexicans as "rapists" who bring their "crime" and "drugs" to the U.S. is racist, inappropriate, unethical and immoral, it's also a less-than-smart comment to make if you're seeking the presidency, seeing as how Hispanics are one of the country's fastest-growing population groups and emerging as a powerful electorate.
Univision responded to the flexing of that Latino muscle Thursday by canceling the telecast of the Miss USA pageant—a franchise partially owned by Donald Trump.
The real estage mogul put his foot in his mouth once again and made disparaging comments about Mexicans and how they're wreaking havoc in the U.S. when they immigrate to this country.
"They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists," Trump said last week during a speech announcing his plans to run for president. He then added (as if this made it better), "Some, I assume, are good people."
Univision completely distanced itself from Trump by announcing that it would be severing all business ties with the business mogul-turned-politico.
"At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country," a Univision statement declared.
"We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12th or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization," Univision added.
To add insult to injury, Trump got on TV Thursday and stood by his statements, saying, "Of course I'm standing by the statement." Presumably to cushion the blow, he added that he loved Mexican people.
Trump said that he plans to sue Univision because it's contractually obligated to air the Miss USA pageant.
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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.