Trump has Univision anchor tossed from news conference

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Donald Trump ejects Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from news conference.

Any hope the Republican Party might have had that Donald Trump might soften his stance on illegal immigrants evaporated in the opening minutes of a press conference in Iowa on Tuesday night.

One of America’s most prominent Mexican-Americans, Jorge Ramos, the leading news anchor for the nation’s largest Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision, stood to ask him about his plan to deport undocumented Mexican and Central American immigrants. “Excuse me,” said Mr Trump, who is leading polls of contenders vying to be the party’s presidential candidate. “Sit down. He said he had a question for Trump a question at the event in Dubuque, Iowa, but Trump said: “Excuse me, sit down.” Ramos protested that he had a right to ask a question, but Trump said Ramos had not been called and had no such right, and said, “Go back to Univision.” In June, Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision after the Spanish-language network terminated its relationship with Trump’s Miss Universe Organization. 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. It wrapped up with Trump’s security dragging the most prominent Hispanic journalist in the country from his press conference for asking pointed questions about immigration — before letting him back in.

The suit claimed that Trump’s First Amendment rights were violated when the company backed out of its contract to air the Miss USA contest – scheduled to be held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 12. 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”.

Sit down.” Mr Trump responded with the bluntness that has marked his campaign. “Go back to Univision,” he said, signalling to one of his security guards who then removed Ramos from the room. 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. Tuesday was just another day in the Trump campaign, with the candidate engaged in a never-ending series of feuds with reporters, campaign rivals, and critics. 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.

Photo: AP After losing the last election in part due to overwhelming support for Democrats among minorities, the GOP had expected supporters to fall in behind Jeb Bush, who has the backing of much of the the party’s traditional donors class and who is well known and well regarded by American Hispanics. And so Trump launched into a winding speech in which he called Secretary of State John Kerry a “schmuck” for signing off on the Iran nuclear deal and blamed America’s economic woes on “stupid people” negotiating trade deals. Earlier in the day a new poll found that Mr Trump was now leading the field in New Hampshire – a state in which moderate Republicans normally fare well – with support three times higher than that of his closest competitor. He took special joy in Jeb Bush’s recent struggles to defend the phrase “anchor baby,” which Trump has used frequently in arguing the 14th Amendment shouldn’t grant citizenship to children of illegal immigrants. According to the research by Public Policy Polling, Mr Trump is leading the polling with an overwhelming 35 per cent of the vote in that crucial state, followed by Ohio governor John Kasich, who comes in second at 11 per cent.

When Trump announced his candidacy earlier this month, he said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. He closed by tweaking CNN over their ratings, threatening to charge them a $10 million charitable donation for the privilege of hosting him in their debate next month. 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. The ongoing focus on Mr Trump has served not only to throw the Republican primary into confusion, but to distract from controversy surrounding the leading Democratic contender, Hillary Clinton. And some, I assume, are good people.” Also Tuesday, Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Trump owed the network’s Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that “is as unacceptable as it is disturbing.” But Trump refused to backing down.

Harare: A Zimbabwean tourist guide was killed on Tuesday by a lion in a pride he was tracking with tourists in Hwange National Park, the home of the country’s most prized lion Cecil, who was killed last month, the park said. Someone in the campaign must have realized that having the most-watched Spanish-language anchorman being tossed out of an event might not help with Trump’s pledge to win the Hispanic vote — a recent Gallup poll found him at a net negative 51% approval rating, 44 points worse than any other Republican — and Ramos returned for a combative exchange with Trump over whether his immigration plan was humane and realistic. Last month’s killing of Cecil, a 13-year-old, rare black-maned lion by American hunter Walter Palmer, was met with global outrage and triggered a backlash against Africa’s lucrative hunting industry.

Trump said Kelly “must have had a terrible vacation” because “she’s really off her game.” He retweeted a message that referred to her as a bimbo. “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,” said Ailes, the Fox News Channel chairman. “I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. 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. By the end, Trump was interviewing Ramos, demanding the journalist answer whether he would deport criminals (he said he would) and asking him to name the amount Trump sued Univision for over a canceled pageant event ($500 million).

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. It would have made a great story for The Des Moines Register, the top newspaper in Iowa, but their reporter was barred from the event over Trump’s continued displeasure with an editorial by the paper calling on him to leave the race. Trump’s spat with Ramos (who declined an interview request with msnbc) likely served both of them well with their audiences, but is yet another headache for GOP leaders who have to deal with one more clip in a growing highlight reel of Trump antagonizing Hispanic voters. Cases of people killed by wild animals in and around Zimbabwe’s national parks often go unreported, and in the past, some lions that have killed humans have been shot.

Trump observed that while Rubio’s decision to run for president was was widely viewed as a rebuke towards his political mentor Bush, the two were still “hugging and kissing and holding each other” in person. Cecil was reportedly lured with bait from the safety of the park before being killed by Palmer, an American dentist armed with a bow and arrow who paid $US55,000 ($A76,804.92)to shoot a lion.

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. Palmer’s guide on the expedition, Zimbabwean Theo Bronkhorst, appeared in court last month and was granted $US1,000 bail pending his trial on September 28 on charges of organising an illegal hunt. Cornel West, and that she had “no clue” on immigration. “Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should,” Ailes said. “We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone and we’re certainly not going to start now.” Some of Kelly’s Fox colleagues also came to her defense. Scott Walker, who is fading in a must-win Iowa as Trump rises, said that he opposed birthright citizenship, then told the press he had no position, then clarified that he would not change the Constitution to address the issue. The immigration issue meanwhile is catnip for Trump voters, who credit the candidate with going further than anyone in the field with his pledge to build a wall, deport all undocumented immigrants, and freeze legal immigration — prescriptions that have even the most conservative candidates in the field balking. “They come here, they have babies, then they have the right to stay illegally,” Sandy Murray, a 50-year-old account executive from Dubuque told msnbc as she waited in a line that stretched far down the street two hours ahead of Trump’s speech. “We need the money from their handouts for education and veterans.” None of Trump’s rivals have come up with an answer to his unrestrained style.

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”. Instead, he sank to margin-of-error territory in the polls and, on Tuesday, his prized Iowa chairman Sam Clovis defected to a national role with Trump while complaining to reporters that Perry could no longer pay his staff. 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. In a series of tweets, Trump said she was “off her game” after returning from vacation and — for the second time — quoted supporters who called her a “bimbo.” Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who negotiated a truce with Trump after the first Kelly spat, slammed Trump’s “surprise and unprovoked attack” in a statement and requested an apology.

Just 24 hours earlier Clovis had stepped down as Iowa chairman of former Texas governor Rick Perry’s campaign after it ran out of money and was unable to pay him. A plethora of Fox personalities from Bret Baier to Sean Hannity chimed in with mostly gentle criticism, and Trump issued a statement saying nuts to an apology and boasting about his latest poll numbers. But none of this seemed likely to hurt Trump in the eyes of his supporters, who gushed to msnbc about his take-no-prisoners style — even as some delicately suggested that he maybe tone it down sometimes. 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. Republican strategists who are worried that Trump is a general election loser are starting to get nervous — like, physically shaking nervous — that what seemed like a brief fling in June is turning into a live-in relationship.

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