'Makes My Blood Boil': Ricky Martin Blasts Donald Trump in Op-Ed | NBC Connecticut

'Makes My Blood Boil': Ricky Martin Blasts Donald Trump in Op-Ed



    File photo: Ricky Martin walks the red carpet before the Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music Awards show in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

    Ricky Martin can't take it anymore.

    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has gotten plenty of backlash for his negative comments about the Latino community and, after his recent altercation with Univision journalist Jorge Ramos, the "Livin' La Vida Loca" singer has taken it upon himself to speak up against the candidate.

    Martin has penned a powerful op-ed for Univision urging fellow Latinos to stand up and fight against Trump's "xenophobia."

    "The fact that an individual like Donald Trump, a candidate for the presidency of the United States for the Republican party, has the audacity to continue to gratuitously harass the Latin community makes my blood boil," reads the op-ed, which was translated into English from the original Spanish (via Billboard).

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    "When did this character assume he could make comments that are racist, absurd, and above all incoherent and ignorant about us Latinos?"

    Trump told Ramos to "Sit down! You weren't called. Go back to Univision," as the Mexican-American journalist tried to ask a question that Republican presidential candidate deemed out of turn during an August 25 news conference. As a result, security escorted Ramos out of the pressroom. The Spanish-speaking newsman and one of the most influential journalists in the U.S. later returned to ask two questions.

    "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," Martin wrote.

    "But this new character in American politics verbally attacks him and ejects him from the press conference."

    The singer adds that he's no longer surprised by Trump's actions, but he's more disappointed that Latinos aren't speaking up.

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    "This action from Trump doesn't surprise me, what does surprise me is that as Hispanics we continue to accept the aggressions and accusations of people like him who attack our dignity," he wrote. "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."

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    Trump addressed the confrontation he had with Ramos a day later and explained that he felt the reporter was "totally out of line."

    "He was totally out of line last night. I was asking and being asked a question from another reporter. I would have gotten to him very quickly," Trump told "Today's" Matt Lauer via phone Wednesday. "He stood up and started ranting and raving like a madman, and frankly, he was out of line. Most people--in fact most newspaper reports--said I handled it very well. He was totally, absolutely out of line."

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