Donald Trump swatted away Univision anchor Jorge Ramos during an Iowa news conference Tuesday night, seeming calm and reasonable in contrast to his activist interlocutor who persistently interrupted Trump with opinions of his own.
By presenting an image of thoughtfulness compared to Ramos, Trump managed to counter the narrative that he is a bomb thrower. Ramos, meanwhile, ended up the one being savaged by some in the media as intemperate.
“You look at the transcript, no reporter I know would go to a press conference . . . and deliver a speech,” said MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough. “He was editorializing the entire time. Write an editorial.”
Scarborough’s liberal co-host Mika Brzezinski agreed, calling out Ramos for “pretending he was bullied and pretending he was thrown out of a room.”
Ramos was initially forced to leave the news conference — but perhaps predictably so — because he was speaking out of turn and not even asking a question.
“You cannot deport 11 million people! . . . You cannot deny citizenship!” Ramos yelled at Trump.
After being readmitted minutes later, Ramos was again making statements.
“Here’s the problem with your immigration plan. It’s full of empty promises,” he said.
This time Trump responded and spent nearly five minutes calmly and decisively making his points while Ramos tried again to break in. Trump even managed to turn Ramos’ skepticism about his ability to achieve his immigration agenda into a pitch for his own presidential qualifications — and a knockdown of big government and rival Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida.
“You know what it’s called? Management,” Trump said. “See, you’re not used to good management, because you’re always talking about government. Government is incompetent, guys like Bush, and some others that I won’t name, they’re incompetent people, they don’t have it … I’m a great manager.”
Asked specifically how he would build a wall, Trump was ready.
“That’s easy. I’m a builder.”
This piece first appeared Wednesday morning on PoliZette.