On Tuesday night, Jorge Ramos, an anchor for Univision, got into a heated exchange with Donald Trump in Iowa—an incident that may have broad ramifications not just for Trump, but for the Republican Party as a whole.
During the press conference, the Miami-based television anchor insisted on asking questions about immigration despite not being called upon. Trump refused to respond. The confrontation quickly escalated, with Ramos escorted from the room by Trump’s bodyguards.
But despite that initial confrontation, Trump not only allowed Ramos back into the room, he twice called on him, as the press conference turned into a remarkable, extended debate on the merits of Trump’s policies, and of the incendiary rhetoric he often deploys. “Here’s the problem with your immigration plan. It’s full of empty promises,” Ramos said. Trump defended his plan and reminded Ramos about his $500 million lawsuit against Univision. He insisted that he could deport immigrants compassionately. “I have a bigger heart than you do,” he said.
This isn’t Trump’s first confrontation with the media, and certainly not with Ramos. The host has criticized the presidential hopeful for his position on immigration and has accused him of “spreading hate.” Ramos also told CNN that when Trump talks about immigrants, “it’s not politics, it’s personal.”