Evidently getting a jump on the fall campaign, Univision’s Jorge Ramos has launched a full-scale attack on the Trump-Pence ticket’s first general election television ad, with a rant that removes any doubt that might still remain that Ramos is a full-fledged #ImWithHer partisan.
The Trump ad triggering Ramos’s outrage is, naturally, focused on security and immigration, and is now airing in the critical battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida.
Parroting his favorite selection of Democrat talking points and repeating an incomplete portion of Trump’s June 2015 presidential campaign announcement speech (he seems to quote it practically every Sunday), Univision’s activist-anchor blasted the Republican nominee on his English-language Fusion network show, America with Jorge Ramos, calling the ad “xenophobic” and “anti-immigrant.”
JORGE RAMOS, UNIVISION AND FUSION ANCHOR: …No, Trump hasn’t changed. And to prove that, take a look at this xenophobic and anti-immigrant ad.
AD NARRATOR: Donald Trump’s America is secure. Terrorists and dangerous criminals: kept out. The border: secured. Our families: safe. Change that makes America safe again. Donald Trump for President.
JORGE RAMOS, UNIVISION AND FUSION ANCHOR: No, Donald Trump is still Donald Trump. Let me remind you what he said on June 16, 2015. This is what he said about Mexican immigrants: “They are bringing drugs. They are bringing crime. They are rapists.” That’s exactly – exactly – what he said. Some people, defending Trump, say that he was referring to undocumented immigrants. Well, that is not what he said more than a year ago.
Ramos consistently clings to those specific 11 words in Trump’s speech, without ever providing the full context. Let’s revisit once again the referenced portion of Trump’s speech, and compare it to Ramos’ characterization.
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably— probably— from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.
The activist-anchor appears to be more hell-bent than ever on making sure his audience has a twisted, incomplete understanding of Trump’s words, in this instance labeling what should be a fairly straightforward ad on securing the nation’s borders and enforcing current immigration laws as “racist”, “xenophobic” and “anti-immigrant.”
Consider this as well: the greater point of Ramos’ rant is that Trump can’t be believed on a perceived “shift” on immigration that is arguably better for the people Ramos adamantly claims to champion as their knight in shining armor. Being the liberal activist at heart that he is, who has profited from America’s current chaotic immigration situation, he just can’t seem to stand the idea of the author of “The Art of the Deal” actually achieving a deal that finally fixes the country’s dangerously broken immigration system.
This is yet another example of what consistently characterizes Jorge Ramos’ reporting on the subject of U.S. immigration policy: sweeping generalizations, God-awful mischaracterizations, and a constant need to paint differing viewpoints as an attack on all immigrants – legal or not.