"The adversarial relationship between Mr. Trump and the Spanish-language news media, which has simmered publicly since he announced his candidacy in June, boiled over on Tuesday at a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa, when the candidate erupted at Jorge Ramos, the main news anchor at Univision and Fusion, when he tried to ask a question without being called on. Mr. Trump signaled to one of his security guards, who physically removed Mr. Ramos from the event.
“Don’t touch me, sir. Don’t touch me,” Mr. Ramos said, as he was marched out of the room. “I have the right to ask a question.”
Mr. Ramos was eventually allowed to return. But for the Spanish-language press, which has grown in size and influence in politics, the tense exchange was a highly public flexing of muscle against a candidate who many outlets no longer pretend to cover objectively: They are offended by Mr. Trump’s words and tactics — and they are showing it." NY Times
I watched the Trump-Ramos imbroglio this morning and I would agree with the Morning Joe crew and Donald Trump that Ramos was WAY, WAY out of line.
Ramos who has fixed and parochial views on all things related to Latinos in the US, traveled to Iowa and attended, uninvited, a Donald Trump presser in a Trump hired hotel meeting room where he stood up while Trump was answering another reporter's question and began to harangue Trump on Ramos' favorite agenda:
- You cannot build a sufficient border barrier.
- You cannot deport 11 million illegal immigrants.
- You cannot stop "birthright citizenship."
- You cannot change the constitution.
- I am a reporter. I have a right to question you.
- I am an immigrant and a citizen and you must listen to me.
None of this was expressed as question. It was all accusatory diatribe. Well, pilgrims, Ramos does not have a RIGHT to ask anything of Trump or anyone else and to demand a response. He was at a private meeting, paid for by Trump. Trump is under no obligation at all to accept this kind of ethno-centric harangue from someone who, IMO, has no respect at all for the American political process or American law if it is inconvenient to his ethnic brethren. He behaved in much the same way toward President Obama, calling him "deporter in chief."
Ramos may be a citizen of the United States but, like a lot of non-Latino media people he needs to learn how to behave himself in the context of AMERICAN society and to accept the idea that journalists DO NOT determine our political future.
What Ramos has done is win more votes for Trump. pl