Donald Trump keeps harping on what he believes is a love affair between himself and “the Hispanics.”
They’ll love me, Trump proclaims, because he employs so many of them to work in his business empire. The anti-illegal immigrant rhetoric that labels Mexican immigrants coming into this country — albeit illegally — as “rapists, drug dealers, murderers” … along with “some good people, too” — well, that doesn’t matter, according to Trump.
Then he got into this highly visible spat this week with Jorge Ramos, a new anchor and reporter for the Spanish-language network Univision.
Trump was taking questions from reporters in Dubuque, Iowa, when Ramos interrupted him. Trump got agitated at Ramos’s persistent questioning of how Trump intended to build a 1,900-mile wall across the country’s southern border.
To be fair, Ramos did barge into another reporter’s question. He shouldn’t have been so rude to his colleague.
Then again, Trump could have answered Ramos’s question and gone on to the next questioner. He didn’t do that.
He waved a bodyguard over, and then the bodyguard forcibly removed Ramos from the meeting room.
Outside the room, a man wearing a Trump lapel badge, told Ramos to “got back to your country,” to which the Mexico-born Ramos replied that he is an American citizen.
Ramos came back into the interview room later and got to ask his question. He sparred with Trump a bit more.
I just wonder how Trump actually believes — if he truly does believe it — that Hispanic voters are going to continue lovin’ on the candidate when he treats individuals such as Jorge Ramos so rudely.
The word “delusional” keeps coming to mind.