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Donald Trump, Republican candidate for President, appeared at a house party in Bedford on Tuesday. (CASSIDY SWANSON)

Trump addresses back yard crowd in Bedford


BEDFORD — Shortly after announcing plans to move forward with a lawsuit against Spanish-language network Univision, real estate mogul and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said he had no regrets about controversial comments he made about Mexico in recent weeks.

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“I understand everyone loves what I’m doing in terms of the border, because we have to stop the illegals from coming in,” Trump said at a backyard party at a Bedford home, which garnered cheers and applause.
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On Tuesday afternoon, the Trump Organization announced it had filed a $500 million lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court against Univision Networks & Studios, Inc., arising from Univision’s decision last week to terminate its contract with Trump’s Miss Universe organization and not broadcast the upcoming Miss USA pageant scheduled to take place in Baton Rouge, La., on July 12.
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The cancellation came in response to remarks Trump made which Univision felt were derogatory toward Mexicans. Standing in the rain to a crowd of about 150 people, Trump claimed he had a strong relationship with Mexico and the Mexican people.
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“Thousands of people over the years have worked for me from all the different Latin countries,” Trump said. He also criticized the security of the U.S./Mexico border, saying illegal immigrants are “allowed to walk through like water.”
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Trump also slammed Univision, as well as NBC, which has aired Trump’s “The Apprentice” for years and severed ties with him over the remarks, for “abandoning” the 51 women scheduled to compete in Miss USA.
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“What NBC and Univision did to these young women is disgraceful,” Trump said. “They never had them in mind.”

During a question and answer period, a man in the audience suggested that Trump purchase NBC Universal.
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“Honestly, I’ve had a great relationship for, like, 12 years with NBC,” Trump replied. “They got very weak. They fell prey to some people protesting, very small amount of people, and they got very angry with me because I didn’t do ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’”
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Trump also said he felt he could “fix NBC.”

“I look at their programming and I say, ‘I guarantee you, I could do a lot better with their programming than that,’” he said. “I would be a great programmer. I know what sells.”
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As for Univision, he said, “Let’s see how they respond to a $100 million very good lawsuit…Let’s see what comes next.”

cswanson@newstote.com
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