Donald Trump – who rocked national headlines for saying Mexico mostly sends criminals across the border into America – has now lost a lucrative deal with NASCAR over comments he made about a recent murder suspect who’s also an illegal alien.
First, the crime: Kathryn Steinle was walking along San Francisco’s Pier 44 with her father when Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant, allegedly shot and killed her. The suspect admitted shooting her over the weekend, according to a video of a police interrogation shown on Fox News.
Trump, reacting to the killing, then pointed to the fact Sanchez had been deported five times already, and had seven felonies, and said it was just such incidents that underscored his previously stated view – that America needed a fence along the border with Mexico.
He said, two days after Steinle’s murder: “This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately. … The American people deserve a wall to protect our jobs, economy and our safety. … I am the only candidate who would build it. I will make American great again.”
NASCAR didn’t care for that policy proposal and announced it would no longer rent out “the Trump National Doral Miami resort for its postseason award banquets,” Breitbart reported.
NASCAR spokesman David Hidgon elaborated, in USA Today: “We were monitoring it closely and started looking at our own relationship with him and how it may have an impact and ultimately made the decision it does not make sense to continue that. … We looked at everything that was said and done and we heard from a lot of our partners and friends and factored all that in.”