Fabiola Santiago

Fabiola Santiago: Good riddance to Donald Trump

Donald Trump announces he is running for president at a press conference in New York on June 16, 2015.
Donald Trump announces he is running for president at a press conference in New York on June 16, 2015. AP

I want to shout it over the mountains, through the Everglades, from sea to shining sea, and all the way down south to the Mexican border: He’s fired!

The most powerful Spanish-language national news network in the nation has just advanced by a thousand years the cause of R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Hispanic Americans by terminating its Miss USA relationship with xenophobe Donald Trump.

The beauty contest, part of the Miss Universe organization, is partially owned by Trump, who announced his bid for the U.S. presidency and the Republican nomination last week with comments that insulted and demonized Mexican immigrants.

Trump said he wanted to erect a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to keep immigrants out — and, if elected president, would force the Mexican government to pay for it.

“They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us," Trump said. "They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

With his ugly divisive lies, the egocentric tycoon who owns the upscale Doral Park Country Club smack in the middle of predominantly Hispanic Miami-Dade County added another layer of hate speech in a country still mourning the devastating massacre of nine African American church-goers in Charleston at the hands of a racist monster.

“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,” the network said in a statement. “We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12th or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.”

Hurray for Univision.

Hurray for Colombian singer J Balvin, who canceled his performance at the Miss USA broadcast to protest The Donald’s hate speech.

“He can no longer in good conscience agree to take part in an event that is overseen by, and creates a profit for Donald Trump, while Mr. Trump attacks the hard-working Latino immigrant community with hateful political rhetoric,” a Balvin spokesman said in a statement.

Hurray for Roselyn Sanchez, the actress who hails from Puerto Rico and bowed out of co-hosting the pageant.


This is exactly how a community demands the treatment we deserve.

The only thing that could possibly top this would be if the 2014 Miss USA, Miss Nevada Mia Sanchez — who is part Mexican and a fourth-degree black belt in taekwondo — gave Trump a swift kick in the butt, too.

And the only thing that would make the Trump spectacle a redemptive experience would be if Miamians-in-charge would finally learn the lesson about knowing who you’re doing business with before you give away the house. Our house.

This ill-mannered carpetbagger came to this town — the most heralded contemporary showcase of the immigrant experience — and threw his weight around to underfunded Florida International University, where fools in the athletic department fell for his golden charm and gave him their arena, rent-free, to stage the 2015 Miss Universe pageant in exchange for some scholarships. And what can be said about the dense politicians in the City of Doral, who not only honored Trump, slobbering all over his money and eclectic mogul television personality, but actually ended up giving him $2.5 million in city money?

But for all his Apprentice bravado, Trump confused need with regard, and tolerance for carte blanche, to unleash his amoeba intelligence on the national political stage.

Now that he’s got the Univision pink slip, I hope everyone gets the lesson on how respect is earned on behalf of all the Americans who celebrate this multi-hued nation of immigrants, the source of our strength, our hope, our future.

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