It all started with a beauty pageant.
Univision, the Spanish-speaking television network, decided to dump their Miss USA programming after the pageant's part-owner, Donald Trump, disparaged Mexican immigrants during his presidential announcement. In response, Trump sued Univision.
The day after Univision announced it would be severing ties with the pageant, Trump posted a photo of Jorge Ramos' personal letter to him. Ramos, often dubbed the Walter Cronkite of Latino America, is a Univision journalist. The letter included Ramos' personal phone number.
In the letter, Ramos requested to interview Trump on his immigration stance, an issue Ramos is passionate about - both behind closed doors and on-camera. He added his phone number to the letter so they could talk over the phone before setting up a formal interview.
It's since been deleted by his account, but Trump's post read:
“Univision said they don’t like Trump yet Jorge Ramos and their other anchors are begging me for interviews.”
That's when things snowballed.
In a letter to Univision's president, Trump banned Univision employees from his Miami properties (where the network bases many of its staffers), adding in a P.S.:
“Please congratulate your Mexican Government officials for having made such outstanding trade deals with the United States. However, inform them that should I become President, those days are over. We are bringing jobs back to the U.S. Also, a meaningful border will be immediately created, not the laughingstock that currently exists."
Univision, Ramos, and other Spanish-speaking media in the U.S. has scrutinized Trump under a finer microscope than the English-speaking press. The New York Times notes that, according to a recent study, 80% of Spanish-speaking media's mentions of Trump have been focused on immigration, compared to 60% in English-speaking media. The estimated nine million unauthorized Latino immigrants make up about 16% of the census-estimated 54 million Latinos living in the US.
After failing to snag an interview with Trump (he's given only 1 one-on-one with Spanish-speaking media since announcing his run), Ramos flew to Dubuque, Iowa, to ask Trump his questions.
At the now infamous press conference, Ramos posed a question without being called on. After Trump tried to silence Ramos, he told the journalist to “go back to Univision” and The Donald's security kicked Ramos out:
Before the press conference finished, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists condemned Trump for ejecting Ramos out of the conference “for simply asking questions.”
After being escorted out of the room, Ramos was documented in a testy exchange with an angry Trump supporter and Trump's spokeswoman:
Ramos was invited back in, and was called on to ask Trump about the practicality of his immigration plan. But, not before being interrupted:
Following the event, Ramos spoke to Univision's Enrique Acevedo, saying in Spanish, that in his decades of reporting:
“I have never been kicked out of a press conference.”
Ramos has been on a bit of a roll regarding Trump's immigration plan since it was announced, calling him the “loudest voice of intolerance, hatred, and division in the United States, and going to CNN's ”AC360" to tell John Berman:
"How is he going to deport 11 million people — by bus, by plane? Is he going to bring the army to do that? Can you imagine the human rights violations that it would create?”
On “Good Morning America” the day after the press conference incident, Ramos told host George Stephanopoulos that right after the exchange, Trump said:
Ramos, however, isn't so sure that will happen.