After Donald Trump booted Univision’s Jorge Ramos from his Iowa press conference Tuesday night for interrupting and repeatedly shouting out questions without being called on, Ramos took to Twitter to explain himself.
I'm a reporter. My job is to ask questions. What's "totally out of line" is to eject a reporter from a press conference for asking questions
— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) August 26, 2015
Ramos has been called the “Walter Cronkite of Latino America,” but he has a history of behaving more like an activist with a cable-news platform than a reporter.
Ramos sees himself as the gatekeeper to Latinos—and therefore: a political kingmaker.
Ramos constantly identifies with his Latino and immigrant audience, using words like “us” and “our” when reporting on any immigration-related issue. He seems to see himself as the gatekeeper of Latino American opinion — and to think that qualifies him to be a political kingmaker.
“President Barack Obama felt the pressure, no question about it, from Hispanic leaders, from Latino organizations, from journalists,” Ramos said. From journalists?
In an article posted on his personal website in January, Ramos wrote that if Republicans in Congress challenged President Obama’s immigration executive orders, millions of illegal immigrants “would face deportation again. Latinos have no choice but to take this personally.”
“What Republicans don’t understand is that for us, the immigration issue is the most pressing symbolically and emotionally, and the stance a politician takes on this defines whether he is with us or against us,” Ramos added.
At least you know where he stands.
— Mark Antonio Wright is an intern at National Review.