Jorge Ramos Went on "The Kelly File" to Talk About Donald Trump

August 27th 2015

Alex Mierjeski

Jorge Ramos, the prominent Mexican-American journalist and news anchor for Univision and Fusion, appeared on Megyn Kelly's Fox News show "The Kelly File" Wednesday night to discuss his forceful removal from a Donald Trump press conference in Dubuque, Iowa on Tuesday.

Ramos was escorted from the event by security after pressing the leading GOP candidate on the logistics of his aggressive immigration policies, which aims to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, and build a snaking border wall to halt illegal entry and reentry of immigrants between the U.S. and Mexico. He was eventually let back in and allowed to pose his questions to the candidate.

On Kelly's show, Ramos defended his persistent line of questioning of Trump's immigration plan, calling both those plans and the candidate's ideas surrounding freedom of the press "extreme."

"The only thing I wanted to do was ask a question," Ramos told Kelly, explaining that since Trump had rebuffed previous interview requests, including a hand-written note from Ramos, showing up at the Iowa press conference was the only way to pose important questions about policy proposals that directly target his viewers. "We needed answers," Ramos said.

When Kelly asked about Trump's assertion that Ramos was asking out of turn, disrespecting the other reporters in the room, Ramos explained that he had waited for two other reporters to ask questions before standing up.

"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."

This experience was a first for Ramos.

"I've been a journalist for 30 years, and I've never been ejected from any press conference anywhere in the world," Ramos said. "Those are the things you see in dictatorships, not in the United States of America."

Kelly also asked if he understood Trump's reluctance to humor questions from a network whose "mind is made up." "In his defense, why would he want to engage with you when you're on the record as calling him the most hateful divisive figure running for president right now?" Kelly asked.

"I understand that," Ramos said, "But he's talking about the fastest growing electoral bloc in the United States. He's talking about 60 million Latinos that will go to the polls, and might decide the next election. So it doesn't matter if he doesn't like it."

"It happened with your colleagues at Fox News. He hates it when he's being confronted," Ramos said.

The appearance Wednesday marked perhaps a rare moment of solidarity between the two anchors, after Trump accused Kelly, who co-hosted the first televised GOP primary debate, of being hard on him, at one point implying that she was menstruating. Trump later dismissed those accusations. Following the host's return from a vacation this week, Trump took to Twitter, indirectly calling Kelly a "bimbo" who "looks like Nancy Grace." The GOP leader has since backed down, saying he has "much bigger things to think about, honestly."

"How does it feel to be caught in the crosshairs of billionaire presidential front runner?" Kelly asked of Ramos on Wednesday. "Well, you know exactly how it feels," Ramos replied.

Watch the full clip below.