Donald Trump is fighting back against Univision for dumping his Miss Universe pageant — and he says the whole thing is a major political conspiracy.
The Spanish-language TV network dropped the Trump-owned beauty contest after the mogul made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants while announcing he is running for president, which Trump said is a major breach of contract.
But it’s the details of the lawsuit that are super interesting. In court documents, Trump accuses Hillary Clinton of leading the effort to smear his character because, he says, he is gaining in the polls against her.
“While Univision has claimed in the media that its decision to cut ties with MUO came in response to certain comments by Mr. Trump during a June 16, 2015 campaign speech announcing his candidacy for President of the United States, the decision was, in reality, a thinly veiled attempt by Univision, a privately held company principally owned by longtime Clinton Foundation donor and current Hillary Clinton fundraiser, Haim Saban, to suppress Mr. Trump’s freedom of speech under the First Amendment as he begins to campaign for the nation’s presidency and, in recent weeks, has dramatically risen in the polls while expressing critical views of Mrs. Clinton,” says the complaint, obtained by Deadline.
Trump also claims that he’s always said racist things (tweets about the Baltimore riots, anyone?) and Univision never had a problem with it before.
“Simply stated, there is nothing in the Agreement which gives Univision the right to terminate its relationship with MUO based on Mr. Trump’s comments,” the complaint reads. “Even if there were, Univision would have been required to serve formal notice on MUO. Univision has failed to do so. Instead, Univision, in an obvious attempt to politicize the situation and suppress Mr. Trump’s right to free speech, including his views on both trade and illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexican border, has made a concerted effort, upon information and belief, in collusion with others, to wage war against Plaintiffs in the media.”
Clinton has not commented on Trump’s conspiracy theory.