Donald Trump’s pivot to the general election, where he’s promised to appeal to a more diverse electorate, is going swimmingly.
According to Buzzfeed, a reporter working for TV Azteca was escorted out of Trump Tower Monday because he was overheard speaking Spanish. Marcos Stupenengo was waiting to conduct an interview with the presumptive GOP nominee when the campaign booted him from the building, presumably due to the fact that they suddenly realized he was Latino.
From Buzzfeed’s article:
Marcos Stupenengo, a freelance correspondent working for TV Azteca, got an interview with Donald Trump — initially. He had no trouble when he asked to come to Trump Tower in New York on Monday to interview the bombastic presumptive Republican nominee.
But as he waited to conduct the interview, Stupenengo received a call, and began speaking in Spanish. That’s when the Trump campaign informed him they had no interest in taking part in an interview with him, according to a source with knowledge of the incident.
Stupenengo, who is from Argentina, studied journalism there before going to school in New York. He has green eyes and would appear to many as a non-Hispanic white male.
A Spanish-speaking Secret Service agent with Trump apologized to Stupenengo, saying he was sorry and he didn’t know what was happening, the source with knowledge of the incident said.
Later, the reporter went to Clinton campaign headquarters to conduct an interview.
During his report, which will air in the evening, Stupenengo says he was kicked out of Trump headquarters because he was speaking Spanish.
Politico’s Hadas Gold and Ben Schrekinger highlighted Trump’s contentious relationship with the foreign press in an extensive piece last week. His campaign has been especially hostile to reporters from Hispanic and Latino outlets, most notably Jorge Ramos, who was kicked out of an event last year after pressing Trump to answer questions regarding his immigration policy.
Per CNN, Trump’s campaign claims that there was no interview scheduled with the reporter. (Did anyone expect them to say anything else?) Meanwhile, 87% of Latino voters view him unfavorably, with the majority of them holding a very negative opinion of the dude who promises to make Mexico pay for a wall on the southern border.
But, hey, he let Hispanics know how much he loved them when he posted a picture of him eating a taco salad on Cinco de Mayo, right? What more do they want?