Just days before Univision announced it would host a Republican debate, one of its top executives likened a Republican candidate to alleged mass murderer Dylann Storm Roof.
Alberto Ciurana, Univision’s president of programming and content, made a post on his official Instagram account last week that appeared to indicate that there were similarities between Trump and Roof, who last week killed nine people in a shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C.
The since-deleted Instagram post received hundreds of likes from Ciurana’s 116,000 followers on the site. It also received backlash.
“With all due respect, what happened last night is not a joke,” commented Patty Rodriguez, senior producer of radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest. “This is very irresponsible of you.”
Michael Cohen, special counsel to Trump, called Ciurana’s post “totally insensitive” and said that Ciurana should resign.
“There are no words to describe Alberto Ciurana’s despicable and horrific decision to place Mr. Trump beside this racist murderer,” said Cohen. “It was a totally insensitive act and I would call for his immediate resignation from Univision.”
A spokesman for Univision did not respond to an inquiry asking whether the network agrees with the comparison.
Univision announced Thursday it would be cutting ties with the Miss Universe Organization because it is partially owned by Trump. Ciurana posted the reasoning for the network’s decision, using his Twitter account to say Trump’s comments on Mexican immigrants were the cause for the decision.