Trump Showing Those People the Door

Jorge Ramos, news anchor for Univision and Fusion, is arguably the most influential journalist in America (see the profile of Ramos from Laura Colarusso in the May/June 2012 issue of the Washington Monthly). He’s also, of course, Mexican-American. So it was kinda the ultimate Trump Moment for The Donald to dress down Ramos for talking out of turn at a Dubuque press availability, before his goons dragged the man right out of the room.

Ramos later returned and had a bit of a mutual shouting match with Trump over the candidate’s pledge to deport all 11 million undocumented people in the country. You can be sure many millions of Latinos will see this incident–as will Trump’s nativist target audience in Iowa and elsewhere, who can be expected to exult in his graphic exemplification of the idea that those people aren’t following the rules and need to be shown the door–or actually the border.

If I were in charge of Latino outreach for the RNC, I believe I would have watched the video last night and had an unhappy hour of about ten tall drinks.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.