Donald Trump slams Telemundo journalist for question on Mexican immigrants: 'You should be ashamed'

On a trip to the US-Mexico border, the Republican presidential candidate launched an attack on the media's coverage of his comments on illegal immigrants

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You could be forgiven for not realising Donald Trump was running for president; he seems so hell bent on angering as many people as possible that it seems ludicrous that he could be looking to secure the vote of millions of Americans.

Still, that's part of Mr Trump's strategy to be president - the Nigel Farage approach to politics where you say what no one else will say; or rather, in the words of the real estate king: "I will say what I want to say."

Having offended Mexican immigrants and war veterans most recently, Mr Trump took aim at the media and in particular a journalist from Telemundo, the American Spanish language network owned by NBCUniversal. He already has a gripe with NBC, having said he will sue the network for cancelling plans to air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, which Mr Trump co-owns.

On a visit to the US-Mexico border, Mr Trump stood by his comments a weeks back when he said that many illegal Mexican immigrants were "criminals and rapists."

The Telemundo reporter began to ask Mr Trump: "Many feel that what you said, when you said that people that cross the border are rapists and murderers..." before he was cut off.

"No, no, we're talking about illegal immigration and everybody understands it. And you know what? That's a typical case of the press with misinterpretation," Trump responded, to the delight of his supporters who began to cheer.

"They take half a sentence, then they take a quarter of a sentence. They put it all together. It's a typical thing."Mr Trump said Telemundo should be ashamed of such a question.

Mr Trump also couldn't help but express his glee at his plan to sue Univision, another American Spanish language network, for $500 million.

"I'll tell you something, you know what's really going to be fun? I'm right now suing Univision for $500 million. We're going to win a lot of money."

When the Telemundo reporter asked to finish his question, Mr Trump said, "You're finished."

 

 

 

When Mr Trump did answer a question about his comments on immigrants, he said that he had "heard it from a lot of different people" that illegal Mexican immigrants with rapists and/or criminals.

Mr Trump is still near the top of many opinion polls among the numerous candidates running for the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential election.