Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has dismissed two of the most well-respected Hispanic journalists in the United States at two separate press conferences. He most recently kicked out Jorge Ramos from an Iowa press conference, an event the Univision anchor was later allowed to reenter.
Jorge Ramos, Univision and Fusion news host, was ejected from a Dubuque, Iowa press conference being held by presidential candidate Donald Trump on August 25, after Ramos attempted to ask questions about the candidate's controversial stances on undocumented immigrants and immigration reform. Trump told Ramos, “Go back to Univision!” before Ramos was escorted out by Trump's security team. Eventually, he was invited back in and allowed to question the candidate.
This isn't the first altercation Trump has had with a prominent Hispanic journalist. On July 23, Trump traveled to Laredo to visit the Texas-Mexico border where he also refused to engage MSNBC and Telemundo's main anchor Jose Diaz-Balart, telling the reporter “You're finished!” and that Telemundo should be “ashamed” before touting his $500 million lawsuit against Univision. Unlike with Ramos where Trump claimed he wasn't answering the questions because the Univision host hadn't been called on, Trump called on Diaz-Balart, only to tell the Telemundo host his network “should be ashamed” after Diaz-Balart asked him about his characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists.
Ramos and Diaz-Balart are arguably the most popular and visible Hispanic journalists in the United States with an immense media following among Spanish-language speakers. Vox recently called Ramos “the most trusted name in Latino news” noting that he is “generally considered to be the most authoritative newscaster on Spanish-language television.” Diaz-Balart previously hosted a presidential town hall on immigration.