Latino News Media, Offended by Donald Trump, Shows It in Broadcasts

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Donald Trump ejects Latino news anchor as Iowa campaign gains ground.

AP — 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. Donald Trump may have had a celebrated Latino newsman thrown out of a press conference on Tuesday, and declared that two of his rivals for president were “hugging and kissing and holding each other”, but he is establishing a real frontrunner campaign in Iowa.In an address which was a mixture of showbusiness and politics Mr Trump, who is enjoying a substantial lead over his Republican rivals, also called for a ban on candidates using teleprompters.DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Univision anchor in the front of row of Donald Trump’s pre-rally press conference in Iowa piped up to ask a question as the Q&A began. Trump engaged in a prolonged confrontation Tuesday with Jorge Ramos, the Miami-based anchor for Spanish-language broadcaster Univision, during a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa.

Immigration and gender continued to hound the real estate mogul’s theatric run for the White House as a return to this first-in-the-nation voting state was quickly overshadowed by another run-in with the news media. He floated the idea of demanding $10 million to appear in future debates after boasting how his appearance in the first televised hustings had drawn 24 million viewers.

Then Jorge Ramos quickly became the surprise star of the news cycle, the latest to present itself in Trump’s unapologetic, take-no-prisoners spectacle of a campaign. Ramos 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. Then the leading Republican candidate for president proceeded to once again draw thousands at a rally to an operation described by Brad Anderson, the current president’s Iowa director in the 2012 election, as “Obama-esque”.

Whether his remarks were tongue in cheek remained unclear, but his performance last night was a demonstration that he is determined to make the most of his star billing. Tension in the room mounted as it became clear to reporters that it would not be Trump’s answers, but the fight itself, that was becoming the story. The fireworks came early, inside the press room of the river city of Dubuque, after Univision anchor Jorge Ramos stood up and started asking a question without being called on. Buoyed by more encouraging opinion polls, the billionaire was in no mood to back down from his confrontation with media opponents including Fox News, a hugely influential conservative voice in America.

Trump tried to ignore Ramos – whose highly rated Spanish language news telecast has had him labeled “the Walter Cronkite of Latino America” – and called on another reporter. The object of his ire has been Megyn Kelly, one of the station’s leading anchors, who subjected him to some pointed questioning as she co-moderated the first Republican debate.

When Ramos persisted, Trump retorted “You weren’t called” and repeatedly asked Ramos to “sit down”, then told him to “go back to Univision”. But any truce was short-lived with Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, condemning Mr Trump’s renewed attacks on Ms Kelly, which included dismissing her as a “bimbo” and saying that he enjoyed her show far more while another host filled in for her. “Donald Trump’s surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing. Even though the billionaire real estate mogul eventually relented, allowing Ramos to return to the press conference and ask a series of pointed questions about immigration, the explosive exchange effectively overshadowed an otherwise packed, boisterous rally along the Mississippi River. Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at FOX News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise. Just before Trump took the stage, word leaked that Sam Clovis, a prominent Iowa operative who quit Rick Perry’s campaign just this week, would be joining Trump’s team to serve as his national co-chairman and policy adviser.

Trump touted his building acumen and told Ramos: “I’ve got a bigger heart than you do,” as well as asserting that gang violence in cities like Baltimore and Ferguson was due to illegal immigrants. Changing that would require amending the Constitution, a cumbersome process in which change must be approved by Congress and then by two-thirds of the 50 state legislatures. A 2006 report by the Pew Hispanic Center found that as much as 45 percent of the people in the U.S. illegally entered with legal visas but overstayed them.

He described Kelly as having “blood coming out of her wherever”, which was widely interpreted as a reference to menstruation and led to his being banned from a major conservative conference. “I think Fox treats me terribly,” he declared. Maybe he’s at fault also.” Trump said he only refused to take his question “because he was out of order,” not because of who he was. “He’s obviously a very emotional person.” “Here’s the problem with your immigration plan,” Ramos launched right in. “You cannot deport 11 million … you cannot deny citizenship to children in this country — ” Trump defended his call to end birthright citizenship, complaining, “If you come across for one day, one day, have a baby, now the baby is going to be an American citizen.” Ramos has significant sway in Spanish-language media.

When asked about his Twitter account’s controversial trumpeting, Trump said that “to a certain extent” he did endorse what he retweeted and implied he was responsible for much of his online activity: “I do a lot of things by myself. He has called Trump’s immigration plan “wrong,” “absurd” and “impossible to achieve.” Both he and Univision have been targets of Trump’s wrath. Trump to sit down for an in-depth interview with Jorge to talk about the specifics of his proposals.” Trump also said he would offer a foreign policy proposal within the next month. Trump sued the network for $500 million after Univision decided to drop the Miss Universe contest over the candidate’s comments about Mexican immigrants.

He compared it to New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s famous hug of Barack Obama on the eve of the 2012 presidential election during the recovery from hurricane Sandy. But he hinted at some of his thoughts during a free-wheeling rally in the Dubuque convention auditorium that followed the news conference. “We protect Germany for no money. We protect South Korea for no money,” Mr Trump said during the rally — which, despite the crowd size, was more subdued than one he hosted last month in Oskaloosa, Iowa. But Mr Trump scored his biggest ovation of the evening by reminding his audience he does not have to seek the favor of donors, as his rivals do, because he is rich enough to self-finance his campaign. In his rambling, hour-long version of a stump speech, he served up his trademark mix of braggadocio and red meat, talked up his latest strong poll numbers and mocked other members of the Republican field.

Others just came out for the show, like Frank Kennedy of Galena, Illinois, who toted a picture he painted of Trump surrounded by the four presidents on Mount Rushmore. An infrequent voter, Kennedy liked Trump but still was willing to consider supporting both Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders, and really just enjoyed the “opportunity to see someone famous when you live in a small town”. Every attendee was handed a supporter card to fill out with personal information; campaign staffers took turns warming up the crowd and introducing themselves; and Trump held a private meeting with key Republican activists before speaking to the event. On the stage, major Iowa social conservative activist Sam Clovis endorsed and then introduced the Republican frontrunner as “a man of conviction”. Clovis has long been considered a powerhouse in Iowa Republican politics and carries considerable weight among socially conservative voters, particularly on his home turf of the state’s deep red north-west.

I think that’s vital,” she said. “I think it’s better to make mistakes in the things that you say rather than being so careful to say the right things.” As he noted of the recent criticism of Jeb Bush for using the term “anchor baby”, he is less often criticized for similar language. “Nobody cares because they kind of expect it from me,” Trump said.

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