Mexican-American journalist Jorge Ramos of Univision was kicked out of an Iowa press conference today after interrupting the event with his own agenda.
Sit down, you weren’t called. Go back to Univision,” Trump said as Ramos tried to ask a question that the candidate saw as being out of turn. Trump continued to shut down the Mexican-American journalist, leading Ramos to be escorted out of the room by security.
“You can’t just stand up and scream. He’s obviously a very emotional person. So I have no problem with it,” Trump said later as another reporter asked about the incident.
The tense exchange with Ramos prompted another reporter to also ask about what happened only minutes prior. “Certainly he was not [chosen],” Trump responded. “He just stands up and starts screaming, so maybe he’s at fault.”
Ramos was eventually allowed back into the conference. When the journalist returned to the room, Trump took a question from him, adding, “It’s good to have you back.” Then Ramos asked “Your immigration plan is full of empty promises. You cannot deport 11 million people. You cannot deny citizenship to the children. You cannot—”
Trump cut him off. “Why do you say that? Excuse me, no, no. A lot of people think that’s not right, that an act of Congress can do that,” referring to citizenship by birth, a constitutional principle that grants citizenship to children born in the United States. Trump defended his plan to Ramos, saying “We’re going to do it in a very humane fashion,” said Trump. “I have a bigger heart than you do.”
After discussing immigration and taking questions from other reporters, Trump returned to Ramos, and their second exchange quickly turned to the $500 million lawsuit Trump filed against Univision, which canceled its contract with the businessman to air the Miss Universe beauty pageant. Trump then reiterated that he has the support of the Latino community.
“Do you know how many Latinos work for me? Do you know how many Hispanics are working for me? They love me,” Trump declared. “Do you know many Latinos work for me? Thousands. Do you know how many have worked for me over the years? Tens of thousands.”
Ramos has been a persistent critic of Trump, questioning the Republican candidate’s scanty immigration white paper and the expense and chaos that deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants might cause.
The business mogul, held a rally after the press conference, insisted that the journalist was “out of order”.