Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has opened up a new media feud, taking on another popular TV news personality even as his appearances continue to draw big ratings.
Trump engaged in a prolonged confrontation with Jorge Ramos, the Miami-based anchor for Univision, during a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa.
Ramos stood and began to ask Trump about his immigration proposal, which includes ending automatic citizenship for infants born in the United States to parents in the country illegally.
As Ramos began to speak, Trump interrupted him, saying he hadn’t called on Ramos before repeatedly telling him to “sit down” and then saying, “Go back to Univision.”
As one of Trump’s security detail approached Ramos, the anchor continued to speak, saying: “You cannot deport 11 million people.”
Ramos was referring to Trump’s proposal to deport all people in the country illegally before allowing some of them to return.
As he was taken from the room, Ramos said, “You cannot build a 1,900-mile wall,” another proposal in Trump’s plan.
Moments later, Trump justified Ramos’ removal, saying: “He just stands up and starts screaming. Maybe he’s at fault also.”
In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, Ramos said he was not expecting to be evicted from the news conference.
“Never in my life — and I’ve been a journalist for more than 30 years — have I been thrown out of a press conference,” he said.
As to criticism that he was acting more as an advocate than a journalist, Ramos replied, “As a journalist you have to take a stand. I think the best journalism happens when you take a stand.”
Trump told NBC’s “Today” show that Ramos “stood up and started ranting and raving like a madman. He was totally, absolutely out of line.”
The incident happened the day after Trump resumed his feud with Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly. Trump welcomed Kelly back from a holiday on Monday night by tweeting that he liked her show better while she was away. He said Kelly “must have had a terrible vacation” because “she’s really off her game,” and retweeted a message that referred to her as a bimbo.
That drew a response from Fox News chief Roger Ailes, who called on Trump to apologise.
Ramos was later allowed back into Tuesday’s news conference. Trump greeted him politely, though they quickly resumed their argument.
“Your immigration plan, it is full of empty promises,” Ramos began. “You cannot deny citizenship to children born in this country.”
“Why do you say that?” Trump replied. “Some of the great legal scholars agree that’s not true.”
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