"Hate is contagious": Jorge Ramos reflects on being tossed out of Donald Trump presser

"That expression of hate is something that I'd never experienced," Ramos says in new documentary "Hate Rising"

By Brendan Gauthier
Published November 2, 2016 7:57PM (EDT)

Back in August 2015, almost a year before he became the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump made headlines for ejecting Univision reporter Jorge Ramos from a press conference in Dubuque, Iowa.

Ramos had asked a question out of turn in an effort to challenge Trump on his infeasibly sweeping anti-immigration proposals. "Go back to Univision," Trump responded at the time, before a security guard escorted Ramos from the room.

"Hate Rising," a new documentary from Fusion following Ramos' deep dives into several subsets of white nationalism in the U.S., offers a glimpse of the aftermath of his run-in with the real estate mogul: In a hallway, a Trump-thumping bouncer (of sorts) tells him to "get out of my country." When a handcuffed Ramos told him he's also an American citizen, the guy responded, "Well, whatever."

"Hate is contagious," Ramos reflected. "That expression of hate is something that I'd never experienced before. It's something that I'd reported about, but I'd never experienced it myself."

In "Hate Rising," Ramos schlepped through the trenches of white nationalism, at one point sitting in the woods of Quinlan, Texas, at night with "Rowdy," a hostile imperial wizard of the Texas Rebel Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, who's flanked by two black-robed Nighthawks.

Asked if he believes in racial equality, "Rowdy" said, "White people are so much higher than any other race . . . based on God. We're God's people." When Ramos pointed out that he was being racist, "Rowdy" assures him,"That's not racism, that's fact."

Watch "Hate Rising" in full below:

Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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