Following yesterday’s incident in which longtime Univision news anchor and Fusion TV host Jorge Ramos was ejected from a Donald Trump news conference, singer Ricky Martin has penned an op-ed defending Ramos and calling for an end to the attacks against Latinos.

The piece was published on Univision and translated to English via
Billboard. Martin begins by calling out Trump’s gratuitous harassments against the Latin community.

From the beginning his intention was transparent: basically tell barbarities and lies to remain relevant in the public opinion, for votes or simply to stay on the media’s radar. Yesterday’s episode against journalist Jorge Ramos, one of the most beloved and respected Latinos in world media, has gotten to the point of enough is enough. Jorge Ramos was doing HIS JOB as a journalist at a press conference in which he appeared freely and democratically, representing one of the most important Latin television networks in the world and with the same right to freely exercise his profession as all other journalists.

He continues by saying Trump’s actions don’t surprise him, but is surprised by Hispanics still accepting the “aggressions and accusations of people like him.”

Enough is enough! If we are united for some things we should be united for others. We have already shown the United States who we are and we cannot allow this behavior. We have to defeat the power that Trump pretends to have over Latinos, anchored in low rhetoric and xenophobic speech, which his campaign team is convinced works for him.

Let’s show that our Latin race is to be respected, let’s not allow a political hopeful to plant his campaign in insult and humiliation. Let’s demand respect for those first generations of Latinos who came to the United States and opened a path for us. We have fought for every right that we have today.

“Never in my life, anywhere in the world have they kicked me out of a press conference or an interview,” Ramos told Univision after the incident, according to Latin Times. “This is the first time and it’s happening in the U.S. with a presidential candidate.” He continued, “If he does this to me, that I’m a U.S. citizen, what can happen with the other undocumented immigrants living here in the U.S. that haven’t had my luck?”


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