Donald Trump’s friend base is shifting. While there are many who see his approach to immigration issues in the United States as common-sense and necessary, many other previous allies have run from his side in the wake of comments he made about Mexicans.
Now you can count the reigning Miss Universe among that number, Paulina Vega, reigning Miss Universe 2014, took to Instagram to post her own take on Donald Trump’s comments at his announcement event for his GOP presidential primary run.
“When Mexico sends its people they aren’t sending their best,” Trump said when he announced his candidacy. “They are bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they are rapists and some are good people but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting.”
NBC has already pulled out of airing the Miss USA pageant, which leads up to the Miss Universe show. Univision has also bailed on Trump, leaving the Reelz network to reportedly get the show for a song. Even then, the CEO of Reelz was adamant that he did not support Trump.
Miss Universe said in her Instagram post (translated from Spanish):
“I find the comments of Mr. Trump unfair and hurtful. As Colombian and Miss Universe I want to show my support and endorse the sentiments of the Latino community.
“The Miss Universe Organization works independently of their owners. During the last 64 years have created partnerships with excellent social groups, have helped thousands of communities have joined countries around the world inspiring way. If the Miss Universe Organization were to share some anti-Latino sentiment or any kind of racial prejudice, I would not be in this position today.
“I strongly believe that what prevents humanity moving forward is the fact that we divide and categorize. Recognize and accept differences that exist across humanity is the first step in the real and substantial development.”
Since the scandal surrounding his statements broke, Trump has not backed off from what he said. Rather, he insists that he is right and that other GOP candidates should be judged by their relative positions to his.
.@marcorubio what do you say to the family of Kathryn Steinle in CA who was viciously killed b/c we can't secure our border? Stand up for US
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2015
Supporters of Trump point to the recent murder of a woman in San Francisco, allegedly at the hands of an illegal immigrant who has been deported from the U.S. five times, as evidence that Trump is right.
PAULINA VEGA MISS UNIVERSO 2014 Encuentro los comentarios del Sr. Trump injustos e hirientes. Como Colombiana y como Miss Universo quiero mostrar mi apoyo y avalar los sentimientos de la Comunidad Latina. La Organización Miss Universo trabaja de forma independiente de sus dueños. Durante los últimos 64 años han creado asociaciones con excelentes grupos de carácter social, han ayudado miles de comunidades y han unido países alrededor del mundo de manera inspiradora. Si la Organización de Miss Universo compartiera algún sentimiento anti latino o cualquier tipo de prejuicio racial, yo no estaría en esta posición hoy. Creo fuertemente que lo que le impide a la humanidad avanzar es el hecho de dividirla y categorizarla. Reconocer y aceptar las diferencias que existen a través de la humanidad es el primer paso en el desarrollo real y sustancial. Debemos trabajar juntos para el progreso de nuestro bienestar común. PAULINA VEGA MISS UNIVERSE 2014 STATEMENT I find Mr. Trump’s comments unjust and hurtful. As a Colombian and as Miss Universe, I want to show my support and validate the sentiments of the Latin community. The Miss Universe Organization works independently from its owners. For the past 64 years, they have created partnerships with great charity groups and have helped thousands of communities. Their legacy of uniting countries from around the world has been inspiring to many. If the Miss Universe Organization shared any anti-Latin sentiments or any type of racial biases, I wouldn’t be in this position today. I strongly believe that dividing and categorizing humankind only holds it back. Acknowledging and embracing the differences that exist across humanity is the first step in real and substantial development. We must strive together in order to improve the common good.