Ramos Makes the Immigration Debate Angry and Bitter, Too.
For those who think I never write anything nice about Donald Trump… boy, it’s just delicious to watch him respond to Jorge Ramos, a Univision reporter who hadn’t yet been called upon, but who decided to stand up and harangue Trump at an event in Iowa Tuesday night.
“Okay, who’s next? Excuse me, sit down. You weren’t called. Sit down. Sit down. Siddown! Go ahead. No, you’re not. You haven’t been called. Go back to Univision. Go ahead. Go ahead. Sit down, please. You weren’t called.”
The media probably will eagerly turn this story into “aspiring fascistic dictator Trump uses Stasi tactics on minority reporter”, but the video indicates it’s nothing of the sort. It’s difficult to hear exactly what Ramos is saying on the video, but it sounds more like a diatribe than a question. When Ramos was allowed back in the room, and was permitted to ask a question, he began, “Here’s the problem with your immigration plan: It’s full of empty promises.”
Last week Ramos declared, “Right now Donald Trump is, no question, the loudest voice of intolerance, hatred and division in the United States.”
Once you’ve called a candidate the epitome of modern evil… I don’t think they’re obligated to grant you an interview! And for all of the howling and fury over Trump’s comment about Mexican immigrants, Ramos is the flip side of the coin in making the immigration debate angry, ugly, and bitter. He never acknowledges that Americans who want their border laws enforced have a legitimate point or are good people. He routinely uses the term “anti-immigrant” to describe those who disagree with his stance, when just about all of them support legal immigration.
He never acknowledges that there’s something wrong with entering the country illegally. He sneeringly simplifies the debate to immigrants and their friends on one side and irredeemable hateful xenophobes on the other.
He’s declared, “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.”
One might say Ramos’ disregard for waiting his turn during the press conference is a metaphor for the disregard for the law implied in his position. You may recall another reporter passionate about the issue, Jose Antonio Vargas – legal citizen of the Philippines who came to the U.S. at age 12 and who has been living here in violation of the law since. Vargas has been eager to turn himself into the face of illegal immigrants facing deportation to home countries they barely remember. But as I wrote last year, Vargas’ determination to remain in the country led him to violate all sorts of laws: document forgery, making false statements on legal documents (signed under penalty of perjury), driving without a driver’s license, using fraudulent documents to enter White House grounds, and driving a car with headphones on. Last week we learned he was “hit with a $41,945.44 tax lien in a court notice on Jan. 7, 2015 for failing to pay taxes in 2010. “ Vargas said he paid the debt in February and showed Red Alert Politics the check.
When you begin thinking your position is so righteous that the rules don’t apply to you, trouble follows.