Last week was NOT good for Donald Trump, no matter what Donald Trump says. Multiple business interests, personalities and the Republican party itself are distancing themselves, if not breaking ties altogether with the POTUS wannabe. Trump admitted Saturday that he didn’t think the corporate backlash to his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants would be “quite this severe.” In an interview on Fox News, he addressed the recent spate of businesses that have severed their relationships with his brand;
“I knew it was going to be bad because I was told this. All my life I have been told this: If you are successful, you don’t run for office. I didn’t know it was going to be quite this severe, but I really knew it was going to be bad.
It seems like I’m sort of the whipping post because I bring it up. And I don’t understand whether you are liberal or whether you are conservative or whether you are Republican, Democrat — why wouldn’t you talk about a problem?” Trump said Saturday. “The crime is raging. It’s violent, and people don’t want to even talk about it. If you talk about it, you are a racist. I don’t understand it.”
Trump also said that he was “very surprised” at NASCAR, which recently said it would move a series of banquets and conferences -previously scheduled to be held at the Trump National Doral Miami resort- to a different location;
“Because I have so many fans at NASCAR. I love the NASCAR people. I’m really surprised with NASCAR to be honest with you. You know, I have properties in the best locations. The property you are talking about in the case of NASCAR is Trump National Doral, which is probably one of the top resorts in the world. If they don’t go, somebody else does, so, you know, it’s not a big deal.
For the people who say I’m doing it for my brand – this isn’t good for my brand. I think it’s bad for my brand. You know, maybe I’m leading in polls, but this is certainly not good. I lose customers, I lose people.
I had one of the top shows on television, The Apprentice, and I decided not to do it because I wanted to do this. I give up hundreds of millions of dollars of deals where I’m doing this. Then you hear about NASCAR, and you hear about NBC, and you hear about, you know, different people that drop Trump because Trump wants safety in the United States. If you think of it, what am I doing? I say let’s make our country safe, and people are offended. It’s incredible to me.”
And here’s list of everyone who’s DUMPED TRUMP, so far – but there might be more… the day is young:
* Mexican Broadcaster Televisa
* Craft Brewer 5 Rabbit Cerveceria
* TV Production Studio Ora TV
* Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim
* Macy’s Department Store
* The City of New York
* Trump Home Mattress Maker Serta
* Miss USA Co-host Roselyn Sanchez
* Miss USA Co-host Cristian de la Fuente
* Miss USA Co-host Thomas Roberts
* Miss USA Co-host Cheryl Burke
* Miss USA Judge Jonathan Scott
* Miss USA Judge Emmitt Smith
* Miss USA Performer Flo Rida
* Miss USA Performer J Balvin
* Miss USA Performer Craig Wayne Boyd
* Miss USA Performer Natalie La Rose
* Miss USA Sponsor Farouk Systems
AND AS AN ADDED BONUS:
On the fourth of July, I took a visit to the new Whitney Museum to see their inaugural exhibit American Is Hard To See (again) and on the way out I stopped in the gift shop where I happened upon this blank booklet, People I Want To Punch In The Face. The only name written on the first page: Donald Trump.
But we’ll let Bette have the last word…
(via CBS News)