Donald Trump’s hard-line position on immigration — he’s calling to build a wall along the U.S.- Mexico border, deport undocumented immigrants and strip birthright citizenship of the children of illegal immigrants born here — combined with his caustic characterizations of Mexicans illegals as rapists and murderers have drawn the ire of Spanish-language media, according to The New York Times
The real estate mogul’s booting of Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos for speaking out of turn at a Tuesday night press conference in Iowa has poured fuel on an already raging fire.
When Ramos queried Trump about his plan to deport all immigrants living in the U.S., Trump told Ramos he hadn’t called on him and told him to "go back to Univision."
"Sit down, you weren't called," he said.
Trump signaled for security, who physically removed Ramos as he continued to ask his question, according to Business Insider
Ramos was later allowed to return.
He and his Spanish-language media counterparts do not provide objective coverage of Trump and his positions, according to the Times, which notes that "the focus of Spanish-language news programs has been almost exclusively on Mr. Trump’s controversial stance on immigration."
"They are offended by Mr. Trump’s words and tactics — and they are showing it," according to the newspaper. "Some, including Mr. Ramos, said that their networks have covered Mr. Trump more aggressively than their mainstream counterparts, which until recently, at least, largely dismissed Mr. Trump as a summer amusement — less a serious candidate than a ratings bonanza in the form of a bombastic reality television star. (After the dust-up with Mr. Ramos on Tuesday night, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists issued a statement condemning Mr. Trump.)"
Trump, according to reports, is making efforts to reach out to Hispanics
Politico reported last week that Lawrence Glick, executive vice president of strategic development at the Trump Organization, had contacted Alex Nogales, CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
According to Nogales, the tone of Glick’s call was 180 degrees from others the coalition has received from the Trump Organization, including one call with a threat to sue if the coalition continued its calls to boycott his golf courses and another "wanting to change the story of what he had said about Mexicans, that he was not against Mexican people that he was talking about the government."
"The third time, last week, was 'Let’s get together to talk so we can solve our differences,'" Nogales said. No meeting has been scheduled.
Ramos has called Trump "the loudest voice of intolerance, hatred and division in the United States" and tells the Times that the immigration issue is personal for Latinos.
"That’s the big difference between Spanish-language and mainstream media, because he’s talking about our parents, our friends, our kids and our babies," he said.
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