Jorge Ramos on Trump: 'I Have a Right as a U.S. Citizen, Immigrant & Reporter' to Ask Questions
Donald Trump’s headline-grabbing week continues. After the presidential candidate refused to answer questions on immigration from Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos at a campaign press event in Iowa on Aug. 25, both parties are speaking out, claiming that the other was “out of line.”
Trump spoke to the Today show the following morning (Aug. 26), saying that Ramos “started ranting and raving like a madman and frankly, he was out of line… most newspapers said I handled it very well.”
But “well” depends on whom you ask. In this CNN video, Ramos, who reportedly has been trying to interview the GOP hopeful for months, stands up and repeatedly tries to ask a question on immigration, only to be dismissed by Trump. “I have a right to ask a question,” says Ramos, to which Trump responds, “No, you don’t. You haven’t been called,” later adding in a disparaging tone, “Go back to Univision.” Members of Trump’s security team are then seen escorting Ramos out of the room, only to let him in minutes later. Trump and Ramos eventually engage in a lengthy argument over the hot topic, on which they differ wildly.
Speaking to CNN over the phone, Ramos defended his actions, saying, “the one who is out of line is Donald Trump.” He added that it is his right “as a U.S. citizen, as an immigrant and as a reporter” to ask a question, specifically over the fact that “he wants to deport 11 million and build a wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border “and deny citizenship.”
When pressed by New Day anchor Chris Cuomo over whether he is making the immigration issue “too personal,” Ramos responded saying that, “as a reporter, I believe you have to take a stand when it comes to racism, discrimination, corruption, public life, dictatorships and human rights….the most important social responsibility as reporters is to prevent and denounce the abuse of those who are in power…I don’t think you have to sit down because Donald Trump says, ‘sit down.’”
Some have labeled Ramos’ move a stunt while others have sided with him, claiming, as he did, that it’s his right to ask tough questions, even when he isn't called upon to do so.
After the incident on Tuesday night, Univision News anchor Enrique Acevedo interviewed Ramos, who was still on the ground in Iowa, about whether he had ever experienced something similar to the Trump incident in his 30-year career as a journalist.
“Never in my life, anywhere in the world, have I ever been kicked out of a press conference or an interview,” said the veteran journalist, whose advocacy style of journalism, particularly on the issue of immigration, has as many supporters as it does detractors. “This is the first time and it’s happening in the United States, by a presidential candidate.”