Univision’s Jorge Ramos has been one of the few media personalities who has fiercely questioned President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in ways that made them uncomfortable.
But now that Hillary Clinton has vowed to “go even further” than Obama on executive amnesty and declared her support for a “full and equal” path to citizenship for all of the country’s illegal immigrants, will Ramos go soft on her during the 2016 election cycle even on issues other than immigration, ignoring the many scandals that may implode her campaign? Will Ramos, who has said that Obama’s executive amnesty programs will be safe if Clinton is in the White House, now consider Clinton his teammate on amnesty?
Early signs indicate that Ramos, who serves as a bridge to the Latino electorate for politicians, may give Clinton a pass on a host of other issues after her left turn on amnesty.
Unlike his mainstream media cohorts who hide their left-leaning biases, Ramos, who recently refused to answer if there should be any limits on the number of Mexicans that are allowed to enter the United States, has made his pro-amnesty biases clear, even declaring that mainstream journalists should be activists instead of being neutral referees.
“Yes, I’m asking you to take a stand. Don’t be neutral,” Ramos recently told prospective journalists in his commencement address at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication. “Neutrality is for referees in a football game. The really-really-good journalists always take a stand with those who have no voice and with those who have no rights. Maybe you don’t know it yet, but actually you chose to be a fighter. Don’t quit now.”
During the 2012 election cycle, Ramos called out Obama for not following through on his promise to pass comprehensive amnesty legislation during his first term. “A promise is a promise,” he memorably told the president. Last year, he bluntly asked Hillary Clinton if she had a “Latino problem” and grilled her about her net worth after Clinton said she was “dead broke” after leaving the White House. He also demanded answers about which illegal immigrants from Central America she would deport after Clinton had said that the illegal immigrants who flooded across the border during last summer’s border crisis should be “sent home.”
Ramos urged the prospective journalists at USC to hold the feet of the powerful to the fire, saying that, “you are in the business of telling the truth, in the business of speaking truth to power. You are in a business in which credibility and trust are the most important things.”
But in Ramos’s first interview with a top Clinton official after Clinton’s sharp left turn on immigration in Nevada, he lobbed softballs. In his Univision interview with Clinton political director Amanda Renteria, Ramos did not even bring up the numerous pay-to-play Clinton Foundation scandals–many of which were exposed in Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash–that are engulfing her campaign.
Since the amnesty agenda, DREAMers, and the impact of the Latino vote are all dear to Ramos, his interview with Renteria may be a harbinger, especially since his Univision network has also been accused of having a vested interest in seeing Clinton get elected.
As Politico noted, Univision “is by far the biggest Spanish-language media network in the United States when it comes to revenue, ratings, and stations owned,” and “the importance of Univision for the Latino electorate and 2016 is hard to overstate.” But even Politico conceded that “a spirit of Republican-bashing has sometimes reared its head at Univision.”
The network has been more than cozy with the Clintons. When the Clinton Foundation and Univision partnered in 2014 for an early childhood initiative, “the relationship proved of immediate value to Hillary Clinton, whose face was featured in five of seven slides on Univision’s website promoting the initiative in February 2014.” In addition, “there was no mention of the network’s partnership with the Clinton Foundation in a May 4th segment on Univision’s nightly news program about allegations that donations to the foundation affected Hillary Clinton’s decisions during her tenure as Secretary of State.” Haim Saban, Univision’s part-owner, has hosted fundraisers for Hillary Clinton and has vowed to spend “whatever it takes” to elect her to the White House. Univision also recently paid former President Bill Clinton to speak at its upfront event.
Hillary’s Cinco de Mayo Promise: path to citizenship for undoc, DACA and extended exec. action. Of course we’ll remember @HillaryClinton
— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) May 6, 2015
Ramos would like nothing more than to hammer the narrative that Latinos elected Hillary Clinton to the White House, and he will have a chance to make that happen through his various media platforms. In recent months, he has been more outspoken than he usually is on the “demographic revolution” that he insists will give Latinos “new power” in electoral politics. On Cinco de Mayo, he declared that “Latinos won’t vote for a candidate who wants to deport their parents, friends and Dreamers” and touted the “new power” of the Latino electorate, though there are lingering questions about how influential the electorate will really be in national elections.
Define new power. Obama won against Romney by 5 million votes. In 2016 about 16 million Latinos will go to the polls. Happy Cinco de Mayo
— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) May 5, 2015
Happy Cinco de Mayo. It’s a very simple concept: Latinos won’t vote for a candidate who wants to deport their parents, friends and Dreamers
— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) May 5, 2015
At this year’s “Time 100” dinner, Ramos said, “So here’s… just a quick note, a word of advice to all political candidates and presidential candidates: Latinos and Millennials will decide the next election, and Latinos won’t vote for any candidate who wants to deport your father and your mother, your friends, your neighbors, and young students.”
At that dinner, Ramos toasted “three groups of rebels who could not be here.” He celebrated Mexican journalists “who have denounced corruption at the highest levels” and political prisoners in Venezuela like Leopoldo Lopez. But he said that Dreamers were his “real heroes.” He added that “it is very difficult to be an immigrant because you have to leave everything… You leave your home, your family, your friends, your culture, your language, sometimes your soul.”
“You know, they are young, undocumented students who came to this country when they were very young. They were brought here as children, or as babies, by their parents through no fault of their own,” he said. “And Because Congress has done absolutely nothing during the last decade on immigration, nothing, the DREAMers decided to take this on themselves.”
He also warned politicians not to pick fights with DREAMers, whom he claimed were “really American citizens.”
“And you don’t want to be their enemy,” he continued. “They get in your face. And DREAMers, they are really American citizens, but they don’t have a paper to prove it. And not only that, there are many politicians, and many presidential candidates, who want to deport them.”
At a recent speech at Harvard University, Ramos again proclaimed that Latinos are gaining more “power” and remarked that now that black Americans have had their first president in President Barack Obama, it is time for the first Hispanic president.
“African-Americans already have their first African-American president,” Ramos said at an event at Harvard’s Institute for Politics in which he also said that the GOP is doing something right with two Latino presidential candidates. “But there are more Latinos than African-Americans; therefore, it is our turn.”
Ramos, in a talk titled, “America 2050: The future of news and Latinos,” said there would be a “huge difference” on immigration issues “if we get a Hispanic president.”
He said Latinos are increasingly gaining more power and claimed nobody can get to the White House without the Latino vote, though studies have shown that Republicans have a pathway to the White House without massive increases in the Latino vote.
“They realize now that they have to talk to me, they have to talk to Univision,” Ramos said at Harvard of presidential candidates. “That’s a power we didn’t have before.”
Ramos also said that Jeb Bush’s marking “Hispanic” on a Florida voter registration form is proof that “being Latino is cool” when it had not been in the past. He recalled there was a time in the 1980s when one would see signs in the Southwest and Los Angeles that read “No dogs and Mexicans.”
He predicted a “demographic revolution” that will change the “music that we hear, the baseball players that we watch,” and the “food that we eat.” Ramos even mentioned that more tortillas are being sold in the United States than hamburger buns and more salsa is sold than ketchup.
“This is our power,” he said. “If you don’t give me [amnesty legislation], as a community I won’t vote for you.” He even argued that the Republican Party may “disappear” if they do not “adapt to the new reality.”
Regarding Obama’s executive amnesty programs, Ramos told the Harvard audience that Latinos “forced him to do that.” And he added that “DREAMers kept on pushing until they convinced Obama what he said in the past was wrong.”
He called for more Latinos in Congress, saying he felt that would lead to the passage of an amnesty bill.
“With more Latinos in Congress, we can solve the problem the situation of 11 million undocumented immigrants,” he said. “With more Latinos in Congress, it would be a non-issue.”
Ramos said since Latinos make up roughly 20 percent of the U.S. population, “we should have 20 Senators but we only have three Senators. We should have 67 Members of Congress but only have about 20.”
Ramos added that he hoped Obama’s executive actions will last but did not know if they would if a Republican is elected president in 2016.
“If Hillary or a Democrat wins, it will last,” he said at Harvard of Obama’s executive amnesty programs. “If a Republican wins, I don’t know.”
Ramos is well aware that the more he holds Hillary Clinton’s feet to the fire, the less likely she, and the pro-amnesty agenda she has embraced, will succeed (even 41% of Iowa Democrats who were not bothered by Hillary Clinton’s scandals acknowledged in a recent poll that her use of a private email server may damager her in the general election).
And that is why Ramos may treat Hillary Clinton with kid gloves during the 2016 election cycle because, in Ramos’s words, neutrality, after all, is only for referees in a football game and not for those like Ramos who have agendas and narratives to push.