Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s “passionate” fans will likely support him for any reason, even if it means going after U.S. citizen journalists. Soon after Donald Trump ejected the Spanish media Univision journalist Jorge Ramos from a press conference for asking questions about immigration on Tuesday night, a man told Ramos to “get out of my country.”
“You were very rude — this is not about you,” the unidentified man says, confronting Ramos outside the press conference, in video footage uploaded to the Univision’s website. “Get out of my country. Get out — “
“This is my country — I’m a U.S. citizen too,” Ramos quipped.
“Well, whatever. Univision-whatever. It’s not about you,” the man shot back, before an uniformed individual separated the two.
Though Ramos was eventually let back into the press conference by a Trump staffer to ask his question, the media quickly pounced and panned him for being biased towards immigrants. Ramos had been trying to ask Trump for the specifics of an immigration policy plan to deport the country’s 11.3 million undocumented population when he was kicked out.
Since releasing a six-page policy plan calling for mass deportation and an end to birthright citizenship (among other harsh, anti-immigrant tenets to make life as miserable as possible for undocumented immigrants), Trump has indicated that undocumented immigrants “have to go,” but that he would let “management” give some consideration to letting the “good ones” back into the country.
Trump’s bombastic plan has largely been panned by Latino voters, but it has also stirred up anti-immigrant sentiment among his supporters. The vitriol from the man who confronted Ramos is just one of several recent indications of the kind of people who are attracted to his rhetoric. According to the New Yorker, Trump “made an incredible surge among the Tea Party supporters,” with 56 percent having a favorable view of him just one month after he announced his candidacy. The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi news site, endorsed him for president stating, “Trump is willing to say what most Americans think: it’s time to deport these people.” Richard Spencer, Jared Taylor, Michael Hill, and Brad Griffin are among some of the White nationalists that the New Yorker pointed out that support Trump. David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, described Trump as someone who’s “certainly the best of the lot” because he “understands the real sentiment of America.”
Trump’s fans are also proving that they can have incredibly hostile reactions to Latinos in general. After Trump delivered a speech to thousands of fans in Mobile, Alabama, a landscaping worker told the New York Times, “Hopefully, [Trump is] going to sit there and say, ‘When I become elected president, what we’re going to do is we’re going to make the border a vacation spot, it’s going to cost you $25 for a permit, and then you get $50 for every confirmed kill,’… That’d be one nice thing.” And two brothers in Boston, inspired by Trump’s rhetoric, beat up and urinated on a homeless Latino man. In that instance, Trump initially described the two men as “very passionate,” before condemning their action hours later.