Jorge Ramos joined Stephen Colbert last night to talk about his new documentary, “Hate Rising.”
The documentary covers the current state of racism in the U.S., like the recent rise of white supremacism, the Alt-Right, and neo-Nazism, which Jorge ties directly to the rise of Trump’s presidential run. When Colbert asked, “Do you think [Trump] is just the expression of something that is already existent in our culture?” Ramos immediately responds, “It exists right now, but [Trump] has allowed white supremacist groups and neo-Nazis to express opinions and prejudices that before they were only saying to themselves.” Often times, people claim that their racism is a way to fight the politically correct thinking that is ruining this country. Others claim that their racism is a right given to them by God. Jorge Ramos knew it would be difficult to get into the minds of people that embrace these kinds of thoughts.
To get the footage he needed for “Hate Rising,” Jorge Ramos had to work in very dangerous conditions.
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Jorge recounted a story of the time he went to Ohio, where he was at a gathering of about 30 neo-Nazis that were burning a swastika. Jorge’s producer and director would not let him talk the entire time they were there, about three hours. When Colbert asked why, Ramos replied, “Because it’s not safe. First of all, you don’t make small talk with white supremacists. What are you going ask them? What’s your favorite color?” Jorge also explained that his accent fed into people’s anger towards immigrants.
Speaking of dangerous places, Ramos told Colbert about the time Trump’s bodyguards tossed him out of a press conference after he attempted to ask a question.
This revelation drew gasps from The Late Show audience. This sort of comparison might seem shocking to some, but we at mitú have already dragged Trump for his similarities to other Latin American dictators.
Fusion airs “Hate Rising” Sunday, Oct. 23, in English. To watch in Spanish, you can check it out at the same time on Univision.