Fusion’s Jorge Ramos appeared on Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File Wednesday evening to talk about his forced removal from Donald Trump’s press conference in Dubuque, Iowa on Tuesday. Ramos went to ask Trump about his immigration proposals, and specifically, how he plans on deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants.
“The only thing that I wanted to do was to ask a question,” Ramos told host Megyn Kelly. “He tried to silence me and in this country you cannot do that. I’m a citizen, I’m an immigrant, I’m a reporter. And I have the right in this country to ask any question I want, to whomever I want.”
The incident was caught on camera and immediately went viral. Not only did we get to see Trump snap at Ramos to, “Sit down. Sit down. Sit dowwwwn,” followed by a security guard grabbing the journalist’s arm to escort him out of the room, but a different video soon surfaced of an exchange in the hallway outside the press conference between Ramos and a Trump supporter, who told the veteran journalist to, “Get out of my country.”
Kelly said since the press conference Trump has suggested Ramos was looking for a confrontation, which Ramos denied.
“Two reporters before me asked their questions and then I said I have a question about immigration and nobody else said anything,” he said. “He didn’t like the question, and then he called on another reporter trying to make sure that I would stop.”
Trump, however, stands by his actions. On Wednesday morning he told TODAY’s Matt Lauer that Ramos was “ranting and raving like a mad man” and that he was “totally, absolutely out of line.”
“I’ve been a journalist for thirty years, and I’ve never been ejected from any press conference anywhere in the world,” Ramos told Kelly. “Those are the things that you see in dictatorships, not in the United States.”
Kelly asked, “Can you understand Trump’s side of it? Which is, ‘This is not the outlet I want to take these questions from because their mind is made up about me.’”
Ramos responded by saying Latinos are the fastest growing population of the electorate in the country. “He is talking about 60 million Latinos that will go to the polls and might decide the next election,” the Fusion and Univision anchor said. “So it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t like it.”
There are questions that need to be answered, and the problem is that he’s not used to being questioned, he doesn’t like uncomfortable questions, it happened with you, it happened with your colleagues at Fox News. He hates it when he is being confronted and we have to ask those questions. I think as journalists we have to take a stand when it comes to racism, discrimination, corruption, public lies, dictatorship, and human rights. And when he’s expressing those really dangerous words, we have to confront him. That is our job, to ask tough questions, even if he doesn’t like them.
Watch the full interview here, courtesy of Fox News