Jesse Watters (Credit: Fox News)

Fox News' Jesse Watters: Univision's Jorge Ramos "acted like an illegal alien and got treated like one"

"He cut the line, was disruptive, and then was deported," Watters said, "isn't that his policy?"


Scott Eric Kaufman
August 27, 2015 7:05PM (UTC)

On "The Five" Wednesday, co-host Jesse Watters claimed that Univision's Jorge Ramos behaved like "an illegal alien" when he attempted to ask Donald Trump questions about his immigration policy.

Ramos was removed from Trump's press conference Tuesday evening after the real estate tycoon refused to allow him to ask a question. "Sit down," Trump said, "you weren't called. Sit down." When Ramos insisted he had "the right to ask a question," Trump replied, "you haven't been called -- go back to Univision."

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Trump's quarrel with Ramos' employer over the Miss America pageant likely had as much to do with his testiness as Ramos' theatrical demands to have his questions answered, but Watters insisted that the journalist's behavior was indicative of a mindset common to all "illegal aliens."

"I think Ramos acted like an illegal alien and got treated like one," Watters said. "He cut the line, was disruptive, and then was deported and then Trump let him back in. Isn’t that his policy?"

Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle could be heard in the background moaning, "Oh, Jesse," but fellow co-host Greg Gutfeld picked up the baton and ran with it, saying that Ramos was "rude," and that the question that Ramos -- who is, incidentally, a United States citizen -- should be asking is "why people are fleeing his country. Why isn't he passionate about the corruption in the infrastructure? How come you can't drink the water?"

Dana Perino disagreed, saying that Ramos' questions were "pure spectacle," and as such were just as effective as Trump's removal of him. "It worked for both of them, as they're dominating the news," she said, "but we actually know nothing more about the actual immigration policies of Trump." (She could always just ask Ann Coulter.)

Watters proceeded to say that he was recently kicked out of a press conference by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, but that unlike Ramos, he "respected decorum," a statement that Juan Williams wasn't buying. "I don't see why you have to be so dismissive and rude about illegal immigrants," he said. "Jorge Ramos was being a jerk, but he was acting like a journalist."

Watch the entire segment below via Fox News.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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