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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to toss a news anchor with the Spanish-language Univision network out of a press conference, in his latest tussle with a U.S. television personality.

“I’m not a bully,” Trump told NBC in an interview.

On Tuesday, Univision’s Jorge Ramos was removed from Trump’s news conference in Dubuque, Iowa, after the business mogul-turned-candidate said the journalist was asking a question out of turn.

“He was totally out of line last night,” Trump said of Ramos, speaking on NBC’s “Today” program.

Ramos, who has been critical of Trump’s stance on immigration, said he was waiting for his turn to ask a question on the subject when Trump ordered him out.

“He didn’t like my question and when he didn’t like my question then he motioned so the one security guard would come where I was and then threw me out of the press conference,” Ramos told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The dust-up is the latest involving a television anchor and the outspoken Trump, who also has faced criticism for his war-of-words with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly following that network’s recent Republican presidential debate.

Trump is locked in a legal battle with Univision over the network’s recent decision to cancel its contract to broadcast the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, co-owned by Trump, after he made controversial remarks about Latino immigrants.

Ramos has been equally vocal about Trump’s stance on immigration, telling CNN earlier this month that it was “not only disgraceful but dangerous” and fueling some criticism about his work as an objective journalist.

“He has to explain how he wants to deport 11 million people,” Ramos told ABC on Wednesday. “As journalists, we are not only required but we are forced to take a stand and clearly when Mr. Trump is talking about immigration in an extreme way, we have to confront him.”

Trump has called for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, deporting illegal immigrants and ending birthright citizenship.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Paul Simao)

Photo: Univision reporter Jorge Ramos (L) is escorted from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s news conference before his “Make America Great Again Rally” at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, Tuesday, August 25, 2015. REUTERS/Ben Brewer

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  1. Steve Mushynsky August 26, 2015

    Trump proving once again that he is an adult bully with the mind of a petulant fourth grader. An embarrassment to America.

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    1. docb August 26, 2015

      Sorry, I stepped on your post but showed the link…

  2. docb August 26, 2015

    The videos are out there , Mr. Flatulence! You have showed us what you are for years,,,a bigoted,misogynist, paunchy, 4th grader and an early bully in Military Prep that your Daddy had to build a $3 million dollar building to keep you from being kicked out of..

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/08/15/linguistics-analysis-confirms-donald-trump-talks-like-a-4th-grade-boy-a-very-bigoted-4th-grade-boy/

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  3. Dominick Vila August 26, 2015

    The real issue is not whether or not Jorge Ramos was out of line asking questions before he was invited to do so, or Donald’s answers. What is really troubling is the way Trump, a candidate to the presidency of the United States, reacts when journalists challenge him or ask to expand or clarify proposals he has made. Jorge is the second Hispanic journalist to be silenced by Trump, and who can forget what happened to Megyn Kelly when she had the audacity of asking if he still thought women are fat pigs and some of the other bizarre comments he has made since he announced his candidacy. Hopefully Trump will realize that the easiest way to avoid being asked pointed questions about comments he has made is to stop acting like an arrogant, narcissistic, immature, bigot.

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    1. itsfun August 27, 2015

      The reporter was out of line and completely wrong interrupting the entire press conference. He got what he asked for. He wasn’t silenced, he was allowed back in and he did not ask questions, but instead tried to tell Donald Trump what he couldn’t do. If you want to make this a racist issue, you are just falling into the ole race card defense. This was about a rude, activist being removed from a room for his unacceptable behavior.

      1. Dominick Vila August 27, 2015

        It is not uncommon for journalists to shout questions, ask questions when they have not been invited to do so, or ask follow up questions. What is very unusual is to see a Presidential candidate gesture to a bodyguard to escort a journalist that was asking Megyn style question to a man who does not like to be challenged or confronted.
        Donald Trump is not the President of the United States, he is one of many candidates running for that office. Acting like a narcissistic, arrogant, bully is not going to help him at a national level. The best he can hope for is to muster a majority of the far right base of the Republican party. In fact, I’ll be surprised if most Republican vote for him during the nomination process.
        The problem is not Jorge Ramos or Megyn Kelly. The problem is Donald Trump, and nobody should know that better than the Republican party that he is tearing apart.

        1. itsfun August 27, 2015

          Being rude and dis respectable is never okay. A candidate does not lose their right to speak as they want. Are you saying it would be okay for Obama to have someone removed from a room for being rude, but not Donald Trump. This was a press conference for reporters not activists. Ramos was wrong and out of line. He believes his celebrity status put him above accepted rules of behavior.
          There is no Republican party. This is what if fueling the popularity of Donald Trump. Republicans are tired of working hard to get people elected after making promises and telling them what they will try to do if elected, then the elected just turn into Democrats. A example is when the Republicans got elected this last time by campaigning on repealing Obamacare. After being elected only Ted Cruz actually tried to bring that up, but was shut down by Republicans, because they fear not getting re-elected for doing what they were elected to do. Democrats have nothing to worry about from the Republican party, but do have something to worry about if Donald Trump keeps gaining popularity.

          1. Dominick Vila August 27, 2015

            Jorge Ramos was neither rude not disrespectful, and neither was Megyn Kelly by the way. Asking pointed questions and challenging a candidate for president to address issues or clarify statements he/she has made is what journalism is all about. Ramos was not disrupting an official event. He was doing what a journalist is expected to do, and they often do.
            I agree with the part about the Republican party, and the reason so many Republicans are dissatisfied with the performance of the people they have elected in the past. The reason most ideologues change after they are elected is because they become aware, or cognizant, of the responsibilities of governance. It is easy to act like a zealot, and feed supporters the garbage they want to hear. It is not a good idea to act irresponsibly once a person is elected to a position of responsibility.

          2. itsfun August 27, 2015

            So you are saying it is fine for a elected official to lie to get elected as long as they agree with your ideas? Just because you don’t agree with people doesn’t make them irresponsible. It just makes them people. Feeding people “garbage” as you put it is neither honorable or a show of character. Honorable and people of character are greatly lacking in Washington.
            Ramos was wrong, He had no excuse for being rude and out of line. He is simply a activist looking to make himself more money and popular among the Hispanic population.

          3. jmprint August 27, 2015

            He is not saying he is find with it, he is saying that’s what they do. Even Trump, you guys act like just because he is rich he has answers and is honest. Trump is no honorable man, and those two words should never be used in the same sentence AGAIN. Ramos was not wrong, he was doing his job, he wants answers and so do I. He is a darn good journalist, he has asked Cruz and President Obama direct questions and have put them on spotlight to answer for what they have said, but you didn’t see those men pull out their guards. Trump is a sissy, I’d like to see him in an alley alone. I’d turn that onion head into red soup.

          4. Dominick Vila August 27, 2015

            No. I am saying that once elected, and immediately after elected officials are exposed to the intricacies and responsibilities of governance, they often change and pursue what is in the best interest of the nation, rather than the narrow goals of a few partisans.
            Ramos was not wrong. Trump was and he recognized his mistake when he invited Ramos to rejoin the venue.

          5. Larry Gagnon August 27, 2015

            Hi itsfun: Good luck with your approach. What percentage of americans want to discuss the facts at issue? Ramos was out-of-line because he responded to Trump’s answer with an caustic judgmental statement expressing his view of the propriety of building a wall. I agree with Ramos’ statement but it was not his right to make a speech and Trump was well within his right to stop a journalist from taking over the press conference. Congrats to itsfun. People you dislike and disagree with are not always wrong.

          6. itsfun August 27, 2015

            Thank you for the nice words. You are right people one dislikes or disagrees with are not always wrong. Its okay to disagree with each other. Some just don’t understand that.

          7. Grannysmovin August 27, 2015

            Do you really think Trump was going to call on him? As Dominick said this is not the first reporter to shout out questions at a press conference. Remember the reporter, Neil Munro, asked his question, interrupting the president speech in the Rose Garden and he was not thrown out. “but do have something to worry about if Donald Trump keeps gaining popularity.” No the country has a great deal to worry about if he were elected President

          8. jmprint August 27, 2015

            Why then is it ok for Trump to be disrespectful and ALWAYS rude? He is not above us, just because he has more money.

          9. itsfun August 27, 2015

            I am not a supporter of Trump. It was his press conference and not Ramos’s. I would imagine that Trump had to pay for the room and other costs, not Ramos.

          10. jmprint August 27, 2015

            A press conference means the press is there to ask questions, it’s not by invite only. Trump is using his money to pretend he is not bought, that is his choice. We have the right to know how he intends to fix this problem with the promises he is making. If he can’t take the heat, he need to get out.

          11. itsfun August 27, 2015

            He needs to ask questions. But reporters also need to show respect and wait their turn. I still believe Ramos was wrong.

          12. jmprint August 27, 2015

            Trump is not due respect, when he disrespects. Ramos is not the one running for president. Trump needs to start respecting the human race.

          13. itsfun August 27, 2015

            Just because you don’t like Trump, that doesn’t mean he is not due respect. How many of us have accomplished even a tenth of what he has. Trump just doesn’t take a bunch of crap from anyone. Being a reporter doesn’t give Ramos the right to disrespect anyone.

          14. jmprint August 27, 2015

            No, a person needs to earn respect, before he can garner it. He was born into money and he has made a lot of bad decision, as well as involved with a lot of shady people. He has a whole lot of money, but is worthless.

          15. itsfun August 27, 2015

            I think he is and you don’t. That’s okay.

          16. TZToronto August 27, 2015

            You have a press conference, you take your chances. I remember a press conference with JFK. A reporter asked him a tough question. JFK, ever the skilled politician, answered the question he wanted asked, not the one he was actually asked. When the reporter responded by saying something like, “Mr. President, you didn’t answer my question,” JFK’s response was, with surprising directness, “Yes, I did. Next question.”

          17. itsfun August 27, 2015

            What i am talking about is the way Ramos went at it. He wasn’t called on refused to wait his turn. Instead he dumped on all of the other reporters there and just kept interrupting Donald Trump. I think he was out of line and got what he deserved.

          18. TZToronto August 27, 2015

            You’re right in the sense that people should wait their turn. On the other hand, if you’re going to get a chance to ask your question, sometimes you have to be assertive and, well, rude. You hear it all the time at press conferences. Sometimes it’s the loudest voice that gets to ask the question. Not fair, but that’s the way it is.

          19. jmprint August 27, 2015

            It was a press conference journalist ask questions, that’s what Jorge was doing, asking a VERY IMPORTANT question. It was not a private meeting. All journalist are invited, regardless of who pays for the room.

          20. jmprint August 27, 2015

            Trump is no different he is making promises he CANNOT render, without making the United States of America communistic. And for that you can move to China.

      2. jmprint August 27, 2015

        Trump is a rude man, if he can’t take rude, he shouldn’t be dishing it out. Jorge is the only one asking the right questions, sounds like you are just as scared about him not having answers, you can’t white wash this one.

        1. itsfun August 27, 2015

          I am not white washing anything for Trump. I am not a supporter of his. Ramos was out of line. It was Trumps press conference not Ramos’s

          1. jmprint August 27, 2015

            Yes you are, you are not a supporter, but you are defending a man who is king of rude. He didn’t spend money in the debate, but yet he was rude then as well. He is running to he President of the United States. not king prom. The conference is for journalist, which is what Ramos is.

          2. itsfun August 27, 2015

            I am still not a supporter of Trump. I have said many times that Ramos got what he asked for, and he did. He interrupted and refused to wait until he was called on. That was rude. Trump is not running for prom king, and he is not being politically correct to make some happy. You know where you stand with Trump, because he tells you where you stand. I doubt if he cares if you or I like him. He is telling it the way he sees it and I do respect him for that. I don’t want another “my way or the highway guy” in the Presidents office. That is why I don’t support him. We have three branches of government for a reason and have had enough of someone finding ways to go around Congress and our constitution. We now have a bickering do nothing Congress because of that. I think the Donald would be like that.

  4. charleo1 August 26, 2015

    “The best things in life are free. But you can give them to the birds, and bees. I want money!” Money, money, money MONEY! That’s what I want! That little ditty was just buzzing round in my head today, as I listened to reruns of Trumps bloviations on a wide variety of things he would do if he gets his own reality show as King of Washington D.C. next year. Money, it has a way of covering up a lot of flaws in a man. It makes young men look like seasoned geniuses, old men, handsomer, more interesting, and wise. And never more so than on the Conservative side of politics. Where it’s worshipped, and far too often mistaken as unconditional credibility in all aspects. One commenter the other day went so far as to state in defending the Trumpster, “There are no dumb billionaires!” It’s probably why when George W. running for President in 2000 said he’d, and I quote, “Like to establish better relations with the Country of Africa.” Hardly anyone batted an eye. He’s a millionaire you know? So it’s okay. It’s Trump’s trump card he’s played all his life. And now he plays it on every campaign stop, and news interview. I’m smart, he crows. And, he adds confidently, “I’m rich!” “I’m really, really rich!!”

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  5. itsfun August 27, 2015

    The “reporter” was out of line by interrupting and yelling questions before he was called on. He disrespected every other reporter in the room by doing this. Reporters know the rules in a press conference, but for some reason this man thought he was above the established rules. Donald Trump and no other candidate has to put up with this type of rude behavior. This reporter is a activist just trying to make a bigger name for himself. I am not a supporter of Donald Trump, but he had every right to have the man removed from the room. The man was allowed back in the room to make his argument.
    I have watched the replays of the event.

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    1. jmprint August 27, 2015

      And still Trump avoided the questions, he does not have solutions. He throws bones to the audience and they beg for more. No, our next President shouldn’t be a egotistic bully. Trumps own words: “I CAN’T HANDLE THIS”. Mom always said, if you can’t handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Trump is a farce and taking all his believers down with him. He has been avoiding Jorge far too long, as a reporter you must do what it takes to get answers, and if this is the only way he can get Trumps attention to answer the SIMPLE question then he was only doing his job. Trump is a liar, he does not know how he is going to follow through with his empty promises, because he can’t. Those that want to defend Trump are expecting more then they can see.

    2. jmprint August 27, 2015

      You watched the replays, did you see the part where Trump says, I don’t know who this guy is, and then he contradicts himself when he tells Jorge, “Go back to Univision.” That is just one of many lies he tells. He is always flip flopping, he flips more then House of pancakes flips pancakes. Isn’t that why the republican loathe HIllary and President Obama, but they are ok with this rich guy. And then did you see the white guy outside tell him go back to Mexico. Remember a big chunk of the United States was Mexico, maybe he needs to go back to Russia or where ever his ancestors are from.

      1. itsfun August 27, 2015

        Now you want to make this a race issue? Trump had every right to have Ramos tossed out of the room. Yes it was a press conference, but that does not give Ramos the right to interrupt anyone. I am curious though, what has Trump flip flopped on? He wants illegals out of here, wants to build a wall. He hasn’t changed on that. Is it possible he know that Ramos was from Univision because of a name tag?

  6. Buford2k11 August 27, 2015

    Ummm….what is the old axiom? anytime someone starts out saying “I’m not a __________”, means they usually are…

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    1. Looner August 28, 2015

      RWNJs are all bullies.

  7. oldtack August 27, 2015

    Who is Jorge Ramos?

    He was born in Mexico City in 1958.
    In 1983 he came to the United States on a Student Visa to Los Angeles ostensibly to enroll in in the UCLA Extension journalism classes. No record of his enrollment or attendance.

    In 1984 he was hire by KMEX and since 1986 as Anchor of Noticiero Univision in Miami, Florida.

    By some means he managed to remain in the United States for 25 years before he allegedly became a Citizen in 2008.

    Born Roman Catholic – married twice, divorced twice. Renounced the Catholic Church and is a professed Athiest.

    Hid daughter is presently working for the HillaryClinton Campaign.

    Fits right in with “Little Havana.”.

    Is he an American Citizen? Would like to see proof.

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    1. Looner August 28, 2015

      School records and enrollment are privately protected so of course you wouldn’t find enrollment or attendance. Anyway, why do you have a problem asking Trump a very valid question without making it some kind of conspiracy? People like you disturb me very much. Do yourself a favor and read a few books about the beginning, before Nazi Germany evolved.

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