As Scott notes below, Donald Trump had Jorge Ramos of Univision ejected from his press conference today. Good for Trump.
Jorge Ramos is a blight upon journalism. He also embodies the threat that mass immigration by Hispanics poses to conservatism. The more voters who get their news from the likes of Jorge Ramos, the less chance American conservatism as we know it has to survive.
But these aren’t the reasons why Trump booted Ramos, or the reasons why he was right to do so. Early on in the press conference, as Trump recognized another reporter, Ramos jumped up and began talking. He refused several requests to yield the floor. Hence, he had to go.
Ramos got what he deserved and Trump will profit from giving it to him. Trump will also profit from later readmitting Ramos and kicking his behind during a lengthy exchange.
So much did Ramos assist Trump that you almost suspect he’d like to see the GOP nominate the tycoon, on the theory that the Democrats (for whom he’s in the tank) will have an easy time of defeating him. But this suspicion gives Ramos too much credit, I feel.
Trump also excluded a reporter from the Des Moines Register. This apparently was payback for an editorial Trump didn’t like.
Here, unfortunately, we see Trump’s dangerous side. It’s one thing — a good thing — to toss an unruly reporter. It’s quite another to exclude a reporter because of the opinions the editors of his paper express.
One fears for the First Amendment under a Trump presidency. But that doesn’t mean one can’t take pleasure from Trump trumping the man from Univision.