It’s a bad sign when a person announces their intent to win the presidency and the first thing others do is run away from them. But it’s under these auspices that Donald Trump, he of the living hairpiece, finds himself running, with NASCAR becoming just the latest corporation orchestrating a tactical withdrawal away from him.
They don’t share our values
The remarks that landed Donald Trump in hot water could’ve been culled right from Ann Coulter’s new book, which cites white nationalists as a source.
When he announced his bid at presidency, Trump declared that:
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. … When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
And while the clowns at Fox News defended him, Donald Trump saw his support evaporate faster than Rush Limbaugh’s popularity — leaving him dazed. According to a July 4 interview, Trump told Fox he didn’t expect backlash “quite this severe.”
Macy’s, Univision, NBC — and now NASCAR — perhaps Trump will finally learn to think about what he’s going to say before he actually says it.
NASCAR dumps Donald
While speaking Friday at the Dayton International Speedway, NASCAR spokesman David Higdon explained why NASCAR decided to abandon the Trump National Doral Miami as their chosen venue for the season-ending award ceremony:
We looked at everything we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners and what we feel we should be doing, and that’s what led us to the decision today.
Higdon’s remarks were a response to a letter by Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis, whose company is a title sponsor for the NASCAR Truck series. Lemonis, in very clear terms, said in the letter directed to Brian France, NASCAR chair, that he would not be participating or attending the awards ceremony if it was held at a Trump property:
My company … has enjoyed a long running relationship with NASCAR as I believe the vision of our companies both embody family, respect, unity, comradery and diversity. These sentiments are at the core of what our country stands for and will continue to embrace. … Due to recent and ongoing blatantly bigoted and racist comments from Donald Trump in regards to immigrants of the United States, I would like to inform you that I will not, nor will any representative of Camping World, participate or attend in the ceremonial event if it is held at any Trump property.
Our company will not stand to support any person or organization that associates with such beliefs and we feel strongly about distancing ourselves from any negative and discriminatory comments made against any gender, ethnicity, age group or so forth. I would hope that the entire NASCAR organization would agree with my sentiments.
Higdon said that they were looking for another place to hold the award ceremony, and will formally announce the new location later in the summer.
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