The Jorge Ramos incident sparked the singer's op-ed+ READ ARTICLE
Ricky Martin has written an op-ed disparaging Donald Trump’s remarks about Latinos, saying that the presidential candidate’s attitude toward the community “makes my blood boil.”
The Latin singer apparently saw Trump’s kerfuffle with Univision journalist Jorge Ramos as the last straw. “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,” Martin wrote. “But this new character in American politics verbally attacks him and ejects him from the press conference.”
Trump has said that Ramos was “totally out of line” at the press conference in question, and that Ramos should have waited his turn to be called on to ask a question, while Ramos told TIME that he was just trying to make Trump answer some tough questions on his immigration proposals.
In the op-ed for Univision (translated from the original Spanish to English on Billboard), Martin called on the Latino community to hold Trump accountable for his “racist, absurd, and above all incoherent and ignorant” comments. “Xenophobia as a political strategy is the lowest you can go in search of political power,” he wrote.