GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump batted down and dismissed questioning from MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart Thursday during a press conference in Laredo, TX at the U.S./Mexico border.
Diaz-Balart began asking Trump about his comments from his kickoff announcement address, but soon into his question, the real estate mogul began railing against the media for taking his points out of context.
“Mr. Trump, you know 53,000 Hispanics turn 18 years of age in this country every month, born in the country of voting age,” Diaz-Balart, also a host for Telemundo, told Trump. “54 million plus Hispanics — many feel that what you said when you said that the people who cross the border are rapists and murderers…”
“No, no, no. We’re talking about illegal immigration and everybody understands that,” Trump said. “And you know what: that’s a typical case — wait, that’s a typical case of the press with misinterpretation. They take a half a sentence — they take a half a sentence, then they take quarter of a sentence and put it all together. It’s a typical thing.”
“And you’re with Telemundo, and Telemundo should be ashamed,” Trump said before touting his $500 million lawsuit against Univision.
Trump began launching into his thank you’s of those who hosted him when Diaz-Balart tried pressing the real estate tycoon once again.
“I’m not finished with my question,” Diaz-Balart told Trump.
“No, no. You’re finished,” Trump shot back. “You’ve obviously been proven [inaudible].”