Madrid (AFP) – Spanish singing legend Julio Iglesias says he will no longer perform in casinos belonging to US presidential hopeful Donald Trump because of his anti-immigrant comments, in an interview published Wednesday.
“I have sung many times in his casinos, but I won’t do it again,” he told Barcelona-based daily newspaper La Vanguardia.
“He thinks he can fix the world forgetting what immigrants have done for his country. He is a clown! And my apologies to clowns.”
Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Trump said in a speech June 16 that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the United States, and some are rapists. He has also called for the mass deportation of illegal immigrants.
Various organisations have severed their ties with Trump over the comments, including Spanish-American celebrity chef Jose Andres who backed out of plans to open a flagship restaurant in a new hotel under construction by the mogul.
Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric has alienated Latino voters. He is viewed unfavourably by 82 percent of Hispanics, with just 15 percent viewing him favourably, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released last month.
Famous for his romantic ballads and love life that has garnered tabloid headlines, Iglesias, 72, is Latin music’s top-selling artist, with 300 million albums sold in his decades-long career.
His latest album “Mexico” features 12 songs with a Mexican flavour and pays tribute to the country’s great songwriters.
Donald Trump and Julio Iglesias engaged in a war of words in the press Wednesday after the singer said he’d no longer perform in casinos owned by the billionaire presidential candidate. The singer called Trump a “clown” after saying “sorry to clowns” in an interview with the Spanish-language La Vanguardia, according to The New York Times. Although Iglesias was born in Spain, he titled his most recent album Mexico, a country that’s been the target of many Trump rants since he announced his candidacy.
“I will never again play in his casinos,” the singer said, saying that Trump’s position on immigration wasn’t correct. “I don’t want to hurt the immigrants all over the world, and there are many casinos I can play that aren’t owned by Mr. Trump.”
The billionaire responded in a short statement: “Good, I don’t like his voice or his performances anymore, anyhow!”
In the interview, Iglesias shrugged off the notion that he was bringing up Trump for publicity. “I’m maybe the biggest Latino artist in history,” he said. “If you think that I need that now, that’s wrong.”
Since comparing undocumented immigrants to “rapists” in a speech, Trump has sparked worldwide ire for his rhetoric. He has nevertheless maintained his stance to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “We can have a great and beautiful wall, we’ll have our border, and guess what? Nobody comes in unless they have their papers,” the billionaire recently said on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. He also maintained that he was unapologetic for anything he has said.
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