Clash with Celebrated Reporter Further Distances Trump from Sanity
By Claritza Quezada
Donald Trump, who leads the polls among Republicans running for the 2016 Presidential election, made another mistake when he argued with Jorge Ramos, one of the most influential Latino reporters in the United States.
During a press conference in Iowa on August 25, Ramos was ejected when he asked the GOP candidate a question regarding his proposal to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Trump refused to let Ramos ask any questions. Growing frustrated, Ramos decided to take matters into his own hands by calling out.
He repeated, “You cannot deport 11 million people,” he told Trump. “You cannot build a wall for 1,900 miles,” referring to comments Trump had made in the past about building a wall that would separate the Mexican-American border.
Trump, irritated, began a shouting match with Ramos. He insisted that Ramos sit down and tell him “You do not have the right to ask questions,” he told Ramos.“You haven’t been called.”
In addition, Trump suggested that Ramos should “Go back to Univision.”
Ramos was ejected from the press conference. A video surfaced online showing the reporter being harassed and yelled at Trump’s security personnel.
Men in black suits are heard mocking him and telling him to “go back to [your] country” and “You don’t belong here.” Ramos fought back, stating that he was a citizen of the United States.
This is also the first time that Ramos has ever been kicked out of a press conference. Ramos was let back in and was allowed to ask questions.
However, this isn’t the first time that Trump and Ramos have clashed.
Ramos has been upset with Trump’s comments since his announcement earlier this summer.
On June 16, when Trump announced that he was running for president as a Republican, his unscripted comments on Mexico and South America featured, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you.”
“They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us,” Trump told a room filled with extras who were paid $50 to attend.
“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
These comments led to outrage on social media and many businesses broke their ties with the business tycoon.
The real estate mogul lost a handful of influential companies such as Macy’s, which dropped his clothing line.
Performers scheduled for Ms. Universe such as J Balvin and Mexico’s representative both withdrew from participating in the televised pageant.
Both Univision and NBC broke their contracts and also decided not to air Ms.USA this past summer.
Trump, in return has sued Univision for $500 million and has stood behind his comments.
Since his announcement, Ramos has been trying to set up a formal interview with Trump, even going as far as writing Ramos a handwritten note with his number.
Trump rebuffed his efforts and posted the note in its entirety on Instagram. The post has since been deleted.
According to CNN, 82 percent of Hispanics view Trump unfavorably. This is important considering Hispanics are the largest minority group in the United States.
Currently, they comprise at least 11 percent of the voting population. If anything, Trump should fight for their vote and make smarter decisions.
After the 2012 election, the GOP commissioned several wise men of the party to create a moratorium white paper on why the Republicans lost the White House.
The white paper, “Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012,” suggested that Republicans make a more forceful play to earn the vote of the Hispanic electorate.
Among the six recommendations the analysis provided to the Republican party was “use values issues to attract Hispanics.”
“[It is] clear that the ‘less government’ message does not particularly resonate with Latino voters; to make headway the GOP must confidently advance the social issues in order to connect with Hispanics,” the report read.
Despite rejecting the advice of his party, interestingly enough, he leads Republican polls.
Trump has said that some of his plans include building a wall on the border between Mexico and the States.
Trump has given very few insights into his views on domestic policies and even less on foreign affairs.
Trump’s hostility towards Hispanics may turn out to be extremely troubling for the Republican party down the road.
The GOP’s attempt to court Hispanic and Latino voters for the 2016 race are the reason that candidates such as Marco Rubio, a Cuban American, and Jeb Bush, who is fluent in Spanish, were championed as early favorites.
Now, according to a CNN/ORC International poll, Trump tops GOP candidates with 30 percent of support from likely primary voters, while Bush is at 9 percent and Rubio has fallen down to 3 percent. Trump’s high polling also makes it borderline unethical for news media to not cover or ignore him.
The conversation around immigration policy has also been regressed to the simplistic solution of building a wall, stripping certain immigrants of birthright citizenship, and deportation.
To add to the controversy, Trump’s series of derogatory comments have also been directed towards women, giving Democrats a chance to frame the Republican party as a party of older white males.
Latino youth have expressed outrage on social media, putting up memes of Trump and asking questions.
On Twitter, numerous hashtags have been created that questioning Trump’s policy positions.
Pundits have been speculating that Trump may have an approach to the campaign similar to Obama’s 2008 effort, in that minority youths, this time Hispanics and Latinos, may register and vote at higher rates than usual.
His comments will surely drive more immigrants to the voting polls, helping to avoid the disaster of his becoming our next president.
When asked about the recent conflict, Ramos explained his reasoning behind asking the questions at the conference, stating that:
“When human rights are involved, when immigration rights are involved, when discrimination and racism is involved, we, as reporters, have to take a stand.”