Jorge Ramos was escorted out of a Donald Trump news conference on Tuesday after the presidental hopeful refused to recognize the Univision anchor’s questions on immigration. (Asya Akça, Radio Iowa/Twitter)
Donald Trump, derider of Mexican illegal immigrants, insulter of POWs and GOP front-runner, kicked journalist Jorge Ramos out of a press conference Tuesday evening.
The billionaire later allowed Ramos back into the press conference, where the two engaged in several lengthy exchanges that dominated the remainder of the event. But none of those exchanges provided the moment that will be repeated in endless loops on cable TV, shared on social media and discussed in Hispanic TV-watching households across the country.
The lasting image will be that of Ramos — who serves as Univision’s lead anchor and is effectively one of the (if not the) most powerful newsmen on Spanish-language TV — being hustled out of the room after trying to ask Trump a question. Ramos, whose nightly newscast has been known to post ratings that top those of all three major English-language network news programs, has a history of holding presidential candidates very close to fire on issues he believes to be of deep concern to Latinos, such as immigration.
[Jorge Ramos: Latinos are 17 percent of the population but we only have three senators]
The problem at the press conference Trump held in Iowa late Tuesday began when Ramos stood just as Trump called on another reporter.
Ramos, who spoke without the aid of a microphone, could be heard insisting that he had a right to ask a question. Then, he can be heard making reference to the implausibility of deporting 11 million people — a key feature of an immigration policy proposal Trump released earlier this month.
“Excuse me — you weren’t called…Sit down…Sit down…Go ahead,” Trump said, pointing to another reporter.
Then, turning his attention back to Ramos, Trump said, “No you don’t. You haven’t been called. Go back to Univision.”
An unidentified man dressed in a dark suit, apparently a member of the security staff, then physically removed Ramos from the press conference.
During the period that Ramos was out of the room, Trump described Ramos as “obviously a very emotional person” whom he does not know. When Ramos was allowed to return, the journalist questioned Trump about the contents of his immigration policy, and Trump’s repeated …Read More