More fallout for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over his comments about immigrants from Mexico. ESPN said this afternoon that it is moving its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic on July 14 from Trump National Golf Club to Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach:
“We decided it was appropriate to change the venue, and are grateful for the
opportunity to stage the event at Pelican Hill on short notice. This charity outing benefits The V Foundation’s Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, providing resources for important cancer research for minority populations, including Hispanics and African Americans. Our decision reflects our deep feelings for our former colleague and support for inclusion of all sports fans. Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN, and our decision also supports that commitment.”
The sports giant’s announcement comes just days after Los Angeles Galaxy yanked its planned charity golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes in reaction to Trump’s campaign kickoff speech.
On Saturday, Trump told Fox News he had not anticipated the business repercussions of his radioactive comments about Mexican immigrants. “I knew it was going to be bad because I was told this,” Trump said in an FNC interview about the companies that have cut ties to him. “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.”
Announcing his candidacy in June, Trump discussed the need to stop illegal immigrants coming to this country via the Mexico border.”When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems … they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Univision moved quickly, announcing it was scrapping plans to telecast Trump-co-owned Miss USA Pageant and Miss Universe Pageant. Trump then sued Univision for $500 million. NBC, which co-owns the two pageants with Trump, dumped the two broadcasts days later and said it was cutting ties to the real estate mogul. Macy’s and Serta also ended business relationships with Trump.