Latino news outlets are so fed up with Donald Trump’s position and comments regarding immigration that they have stopped covering the presidential candidate objectively, reports the New York Times.
Although Trump began his campaign under a cloud of controversy after referring to some immigrants as “rapists” his interaction between Jorge Ramos seems to have been a tipping point.
Jorge Ramos, an influential Mexican-American anchor at Univision, was booted from one of Trump’s press conferences after attempting to ask about the billionaire about his immigration plan.
Trump’s dismissal of a major television news anchor lit up social media. Reporters asked Trump why he removed Ramos. At first, he accused Ramos of violating his news conference protocol. “He stood up and started screaming,” Trump said of Ramos. “He’s obviously a very emotional person,” Trump said, reports the Washington Post.
The journalist was later allowed back into the room and verbally sparred with Trump over “anchor babies,” Trump’s plan to build a wall bordering Mexico, and crime statistics on illegal aliens. Although the Washington Post called the interaction “one of the more compelling moments of the 2016 campaign” Spanish-speaking news sources were not impressed.
Ricardo Sánchez, known as “El Mandril” on his Spanish drive-time radio show in Los Angeles, has taken to calling Donald J. Trump “El hombre del peluquín” — the man of the toupee.
Some of Mr. Sánchez’s listeners are less kind, referring to Mr. Trump, who has dismissed some Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and criminals, simply as “Hitler.”
Mr. Sánchez says that he tries to focus on the positive in presidential politics, but he, too, at times has used harsh language to describe Mr. Trump, according to translations of his show provided by his executive producer, according to the New York Times.
Many would argue that Latino news outlets covered Trump’s campaign more critically from the beginning, and they have numbers to back that statement up.
About 58 percent of all mentions of Mr. Trump in mainstream news media — broadcast, cable, radio and online outlets — in the past month have focused on immigration, while on Spanish-language news programs, the proportion is almost 80 percent, according to an analysis by Two.42.Solutions, a nonpartisan media analytics company. The Spanish-language news media has also been more critical in its coverage of Mr. Trump’s positions on the issue, with nearly all of it negative in tone, reports the New York Times.
Some Latinos, and especially Mexican-Americans, have taken Trump’s comments very personally. Singer Ricky Martin summed up some of these feelings in an op-ed:
The fact that a person like Donald Trump, a candidate for the U.S. presidency for the Republican Party, has the gall to continue to freely harass the Latino community day after day makes my blood boil.
Why would he assume he has the right to make absurd, incoherent, and ignorant comments about us? From the beginning, his intent has been clear: To basically tell lies and offend us to stay in the public spotlight, via Fusion.
On the flip side, Fox News’s Howard Kurtz thought Jorge Ramos was out of line.
Ramos broke in without being called on—and I’m sorry, that’s not some polite society rule, that’s basic civility when a presidential candidate is taking questions.
And this was no mere interruption. Ramos kept talking—shouting, really—when Trump told him to sit down. And he wasn’t attempting to ask a question, he was lecturing Trump: “You cannot deport 11 million people,” “You cannot build a wall for 1,900 miles.” And he continued to shout as a Trump security guy escorted him out, via Fox News.
Although it is too early to tell if Trump’s actions will hurt his polling numbers, one thing is for certain–he has been given some creative nicknames in Spanish.
[New York Times] [Washington Post] [Fusion] [Fox News] [Photo courtesy Scott Olson/Getty Images]