COUNCIL MEMBERS RODRIGUEZ, MENCHACA, REYNOSO, MENDEZ, AND PALMA REACT TO TREATMENT OF JORGE RAMOS
New York, NY- There is a manner in which one is expected to behave-regardless of political affiliation or ideology-when seeking the Presidency of the United States. It is clear here, in the case of Mr. Trump, that we are well beyond the constraints of respectable behavior. The treatment of Jorge Ramos by Donald Trump was reprehensible and is only the latest in a slew of comments and actions on behalf of the presidential candidate. These comments show his deep disdain and contempt for a community of people with a long history of engagement, culture, and contribution to the United States. We are additionally struck by the decision of the mainstream media to vilify preeminent journalist Jorge Ramos. Rather than protesting Mr. Ramos’ treatment, his colleagues proceeded to call him a “conflict junkie” and disparage his actions. Mr. Ramos acted responsibly in his role when he asked Mr. Trump to explain his controversial -and racist- proposal for immigration policy. We call on the journalism community to stand behind their brave colleague, and on the republican presidential candidates to denounce this action. The American people deserve better than this.