Influential Latino journalist Jorge Ramos was kicked out of a Donald Trump press conference Tuesday night in Iowa, following a series of pointed questions from the Univision reporter surrounding the Republican candidate's positions on immigration.
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After telling him to sit down several times, Trump shouted, "Go back to Univision," just before the journalist was physically removed from the room. Ramos later came back to the room for a series of heated exchanges about how as president Trump would build a wall, deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, and reform the immigration system.
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Watch the exchange:
It didn't take long for leading Latinos on Twitter to react to the incident, citing Ramos' popularity and his influence in the national conversation. Earlier this year, Ramos was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people. Ramos has been an anchor on Univision since 1986, where his nightly program has an average audience of nearly 1.9 million viewers, according to the Pew Research Center.
Meanwhile, Other 2016 Candidates Are Jockeying To Speak To Univision http://t.co/o3Cr5JuIiq— Maria Elena Salinas (@MariaESalinas) August 26, 2015
@jorgeramosnews Mi querido colega. My American heart breaks as I watch you being touched and physically escorted out by a security guard.— Maria Hinojosa (@Maria_Hinojosa) August 26, 2015
Mi solidaridad con el periodista Jorge Ramos. Nadie debe coartar la libertad. En la democracia es consustancial el derecho a disentir— Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) August 26, 2015
"My solidarity is with journalist @jorgeramosnews. No one should diminish freedom. In a democracy, the right to decent is essential."
People really be sleeping on how beloved Jorge Ramos is.— Alida Garcia (@leedsgarcia) August 26, 2015
Yo deseo un futuro para mis hijos donde ellos puedan ver mas ejemplares americanos como Jorge Ramos @jorgeramosnews— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) August 26, 2015
"I wish for a future in which my children see more exemplary Americans like Jorge Ramos @jorgeramosnews."
"My solidarity is with @jorgeramosnews. Very worrisome intolerance from @realDonaldTrump. Even if he doesn't win, he is poisoning public opinion."
Trump, como todo fascista, sólo conoce la fuerza no la razón. https://t.co/lKvjW2fyko— Enrique Krauze (@EnriqueKrauze) August 25, 2015
"Trump, like any fascist, only knows force, not reason."
Know who else bans @jorgeramosnews? Communist Cuba. He told me Cuba refuses to issue his visa. He's a tough questioner, seasoned journalist.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) August 25, 2015
.@jorgeramosnews estamos contigo/agradecemos tu valentía INMENSAMENTE. We're w/ you/THANK you for your commitment to fight for what's right.— Gabriela Domenzain (@GabiDomenzain) August 26, 2015
White reporters ask follow up questions: great reporting! Latino reporters ask follow up questions: bias! advocate! agenda! #JorgeRamos— Alida Garcia (@leedsgarcia) August 26, 2015
"Trump once again shows his hatred of Latinos, ejects @jorgeramosnews from press conference."
"Listen to the arrogance and pride of Trump as he speaks to @jorgeramosnews. Deplorable."
No soy fan de @jorgeramosnews . Tengo muchas dudas acerca de so concepto del periodismo activista. Pero lo q le hicieron hoy está muy mal— Gabriel Guerra C (@gabrielguerrac) August 26, 2015
"I am not a fan of @jorgeramos. I have a lot of doubts about his concept of activism journalism. But what happened today is in poor taste."
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
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