Conservative Media Cheer Donald Trump For Ejecting Univision's Jorge Ramos From Press Conference

Conservative Media Cheer Donald Trump For Ejecting Univision's Jorge Ramos From Press Conference

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Conservative media praised 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for forcibly removing Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from his Iowa press conference, claiming that Ramos "thinks Mexicans can barge in and demand rights that aren't theirs," and "was treated exactly as he deserved."

Trump Ejects Univision Reporter From Press Conference

Donald Trump Removes Jorge Ramos From Press Conference. GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump had Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, forcibly removed from his pre-speech press conference at an August 25 campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa. The Washington Post reports:

"Mr. Trump, I have a question," said Jorge Ramos, the top news anchor at Univision and one of the country's most recognizable Mexican-Americans, as he stood up in the front row of journalists.

"Excuse me," the Republican presidential front-runner told Ramos. "Sit down. You weren't called. Sit down."

Ramos, holding a piece of paper, calmly tried to ask Trump about his plan to combat illegal immigration. "I'm a reporter, an immigrant, a senior citizen," he said. "I have the right to ask a question."

Trump interrupted him. "Go back to Univision," he said. Then the billionaire businessman motioned to one of his bodyguards, who walked across the room and physically removed Ramos from the room.

[...]

But moments later, Ramos returned to his seat in the front row -- and Trump called on him. For five minutes, they tangled over immigration policy, an issue on which both men have passionately different views. It was one of the more compelling moments of the 2016 campaign. [The Washington Post8/25/15]

Right Wing Media Cheer Trump, Pile On Racist Criticism Of Ramos And His Work

Charles C.W. Cooke: Donald Trump Was Right To Kick Jorge Ramos Out Of His Press Conference. In an August 25 column, National Review's Charles C.W. Cooke stated Trump "got this one right" in ejecting Ramos from the press conference:

Ramos claimed that he had a "right" to ask his question. Not really, no. Ramos certainly had a "right" to wait in line with the other journalists at the event, and he might even have had a "right" to be vexed if he'd been obviously passed over. But he certainly didn't have a right to stand up and make a scene, nor to disrupt the proceedings for everybody else. Having a press credential in your pocket does not entitle you to behave like Code Pink. Ramos did. Ramos was evicted. Good. [National Review8/25/15]

Joe Scarborough: Jorge Ramos Wanted His "15 Minutes Of Fame." On the August 26 edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough dismissed Ramos, saying that Ramos's motive for interrupting Trump's press conference was to get "his 15 minutes of fame":

SCARBOROUGH: I'm sorry. Actually what was happening was, the other guy was answering a question when this guy started going. I'm sorry at home and this might shock and stun and deeply sadden a lot of people -- People are sick and tired of reporters standing up and yelling questions, in this case, where he was clearly yelling questions out of turn. And so I don't know. Mika, what do you think?

BRZEZINSKI: It's a tough one. I think the story is going to speak for itself and the reaction to it will speak for itself. I know how it's going to go. I'm not going to bother to say it.

SCARBOROUGH: I will say this -- if Barack Obama were standing there and somebody else was asking a question and somebody decided to stand up and make a political statement -

BRZEZINSKI: There was some intensity -

SCARBOROUGH: Well the guy flew all the way out there to ask a question. I think I'd seen him on CNN last night. This is a very big moment for him. This is his 15 minutes of fame. And you can be shocked and stunned and deeply saddened at Donald Trump's immigration policy. We've been critical of what he's said on the air here. But if I'm holding a press conference, or you're holding a press conference, or you're holding a press conference, and you saw a guy, you know, trying to get his 15 minutes of fame the night before, you know, and pretending he was Walter Cronkite on the convention floor or Dan Rather on the convention floor with Daley's thugs pulling him out when actually this was all staged by you.

BRZEZINSKI: I'm putting the filter back on.

SCARBOROUGH: No I'm sorry. It's just the truth. The guy was making a political -- if you've got a question to ask -

BRZEZINSKI: I don't disagree -

SCARBOROUGH: Ask a question. If you want to make a political statement, you can hold your own press conference. [MSNBC, Morning Joe8/26/15]

Erickson: "Ramos Is A Self-Absorbed, Self-Righteous Leftwing Activist The Media Allows To Act As A Journalist." In an August 26 post, Erickson described Ramos as "a self-absorbed, self-righteous leftwing activist the media allows to act as a journalist." [Erickontheradio.com, 8/26/15]

Media Research Center's Dan Gainor: Ramos Deserved To Be Thrown Out Of Press Conference. Dan Gainor, Vice President of Business and Culture at the conservative Media Research Center, defended Trump in a series of tweets:

[Twitter.com, 8/25/158/25/158/26/15]

Ann Coulter: Ramos "Thinks Mexicans Can Barge In & Demand Rights That Aren't Theirs." Conservative commentator Ann Coulter tweeted:

[Twitter.com, 8/26/15]

Breitbart.com's Ben Shapiro: "Ramos Was Treated Exactly As He Deserved." Breitbart.com Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro chastised Ramos in a series of tweets: 

[Twitter.com, 8/25/158/26/158/26/15]

Iowa Radio Host Steve Deace: "Do Folks Know Most Of The GOP Base Would Like To Escort Leftist Hacks Like Jorge Ramos Out Of The Country Altogether?" Iowa radio host Steve Deace sounded off on the Ramos-Trump incident on Twitter:

[Twitter.com, 8/26/158/26/158/26/158/26/15]

Erickson: Trump "Should Be Commended For Standing Up To That Thug." On the August 26 edition of his radio program, Erickson called Ramos "an activist who pretends to be a journalist." Erickson added that "all of us on the right, whether you care for Donald Trump or not, he should be commended for standing up to that thug." [WSB, The Erick Erickson Show8/26/15]

This post has been updated for accuracy and with additional content.

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