Jesse Watters of Fox News this afternoon delivered his verdict on the behavior of Univision anchor Jorge Ramos in yesterday’s news conference with Donald Trump. “So . . . I think Ramos acted like an illegal alien and got treated like one,” said Watters in today’s edition of “The Five.” “He cut the line, was disruptive and then was deported and then Trump let him back in. Isn’t that his policy?”
The Ramos incident has gotten plenty of media today, with a lot of divided opinion. Conservative commentators have criticized Ramos for blurting out a question without having been called upon; others have said that Ramos was merely acting as a journalist. No matter your take on the face-off, it was theatrical: Ramos persisted in asking his question at the beginning of the event, and Trump told him to “sit down” and to “go back to Univision.” Ramos struck back, “I have the right to ask a question,” before he was escorted out of the event; later he returned and debated the candidate on immigration.
“Why do you have to be, like, so dismissive and rude about illegal immigrants?” said Juan Williams in response to Watters. “Jorge Ramos was acting like a journalist.”
People may disagree about whether Ramos was acting as a journalist, a rude journalist who doesn’t care a whit about protocol, an activist, whatever. And people may unanimously agree that what Watters said about Ramos is offensive and unacceptable on every level.