Trump Teaches a Latino Journalist the Meaning of "White Power"Journalist Jorge Ramos asks Trump about his policy regarding the forced removal of undocumented citizens from the
United States. Trump has Ramos removed from press conference (bottom). Screen captured from video.
By Janell Ross
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.
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."