Donald Trump: Latino Groups Opposing 'SNL' Appearance Are "Scammers"

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Trump insists Hispanics love him and he has their vote.

Donald Trump said the Latino and immigrant advocacy organizations calling for NBC to drop him as host of Saturday Night Live next month are not to be taken seriously. 

During a Tuesday phone interview with New Day on CNN, Trump said Hispanics love him and he has their vote, despite a petition with more than 133,000 signatures calling for SNL to drop The Donald over controversial comments he made about undocumented immigrants from Mexico. 

Trump called the Latino and immigrant advocacy groups that started the petition -- America’s Voice and -- "scammers." 

“These are people that go around, they look for money from people," Trump told CNN. "I had a group come up to me, the very supposedly prominent group. The first thing out of their mouths is like, ‘Would you like to join our coalition? It will cost from $25,000 to $2 million to join.' ”

On Monday, the former Apprentice host told Fox and Friends there is no way NBC would drop him from the Nov. 7 episode of SNL because the network, in his opinion, knows he will bring in massive ratings.

"Frankly, I think the ratings are going to be through the roof,” Trump said. “Lorne Michaels is a very smart guy. NBC are very smart people. If they want to do a show with a third of the ratings, they might do that,” Trump said about the possibility of being dropped.

On both programs, Trump stressed Hispanic voters are on his side, but he still takes issue with Mexico, he told CNN.

"I have great respect for Mexico, but Mexico is just taking advantage of our country," Trump said Tuesday. "Their leaders are much smarter than our leaders and they're taking advantage of us in trade and at the border."

After touting his poll numbers -- all of which have him in the lead -- Trump took a shot a Macy's on CNN while still on the topic of the "scammer" groups. 

"And then you have weak companies like a Macy's that will fall for it, and they wished they didn't, by the way, because a lot of people boycotted Macy's when they cut my line," Trump said. "You know they cut my line because they were weak and ineffective, frankly.”

In July, Macy's ended its relationship with Trump and stopped carrying his menswear collection -- which it had sold since 2004 -- due to his disparaging remarks concerning undocumented immigrants from Mexico. 

A spokesman for Macy's did not immediately respond to a request for comment.