Never assume that free speech in the United States is free. Sometimes the consequences of what people say can be costly.
However, uber-rich guys like Donald Trump can and do speak more freely. But because of their outrageous wealth, they not only absorb the financial hit and often fight back.
When Trump, 69, announced his GOP candidacy for president on June 16, he made terribly derogatory statements about Mexican immigrants bringing crime and drugs into the United States. He wants to build a wall separating the U.S. from Mexico and make Mexico pay for it.
All of that prompted Univision, the largest Spanish-language channel in the U.S., to say it won’t air its first-ever Spanish-language simulcast of the Miss USA pageant. Trump said he planned to fight that action in court.
Then NBC decided on Monday to drop the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, citing Trumps derogatory statements. The Miss Universe organization is a stand-alone company; Trump is the co-owner. However, he doesn’t organize the event or run what takes place, The Kansas City Star reports.
Trump has said after his presidential candidacy comments that his statements were directed at U.S. policymakers and not the Mexican government or its people. Money also buys a lot of public relations cover.
Expect the rest of Trump’s presidential run to be just as costly as the billionaire exercises more of his free speech.