Ironically, with his emotional hijinks, Ramos might actually have hurt his own cause. He wound up playing into every negative stereotype that Americans subscribe to about Mexicans who come uninvited across the U.S.-Mexico border. If you think Mexican immigrants are pushy rule breakers who don’t wait their turn, Ramos’ filibuster in Iowa only feeds that perception.
Now that the altercation is over with, and each participant has had the chance to spin the events, we’ve entered the final act of this telenovela.
That’s where Ramos—rather than submit to peer review—portrays himself as the only real journalist left in North America who isn’t afraid to speak truth to power. It’s where, instead of apologizing for breaking the rules, he insists that all journalists should break the rules more often. It’s where Ramos, in effect, demands amnesty for himself by arguing that he committed no sin.
It’s also in this final act that pundits and analysts are free to speculate whether Trump’s shoddy treatment of Ramos will cost the GOP frontrunner any shot he might have had to revive his support from Hispanics. A recent Gallup Poll shows Trump with a net favorability rating of minus 51 percent among Hispanics. Could Trump’s dustup with Ramos make him even more unpopular with that group of voters?