When Donald Trump and his campaign invaded New Mexico on Tuesday evening there were problems. One of those problems is getting a ton of attention: the violence that erupted outside yet another Trump rally. But not getting quite as much notice is the problem that the presumptive GOP nominee may have created for himself with what he had to say about New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.
So much garbage spews from Trump’s mouth that it’s often hard to tell whether he says some things he says because he is completely clueless, or because he just doesn’t give a damn. That’s the case with his remarks about the Republican Martinez, who was not long ago mentioned as a possible running mate for the orange-tinged reality TV star. Trump attacked the governor during a rally in Albuquerque, blaming her for problems in New Mexico that he says have been getting worse since 2000. Of course, Martinez hasn’t been in office since 2000, she was elected in 2010.
Trump stood at the podium, cheat sheet in hand, and reeled off a list of what he sees as problems for the state. Then he goes after Martinez, saying,
Since 2000, the number of people on food stamps in New Mexico has tripled. We have to get your governor to get going, she’s gotta do a better job. Your governor has got to do a better job. She’s not doing the job. Hey, maybe I’ll run for governor of New Mexico, I’ll get this place going!
Next, he brings up the topic of Syrian refugees who are being settled in the state, to a chorus of boos from the crowd, and suggests that Martinez shouldn’t be allowing it. He says,
If I was governor, that wouldn’t be happening. I couldn’t care less. They say governors have no choice, if I’m governor, I have a choice, ok? Believe me.
So why did the man-who-would-be-king go after another Republican? Most likely because Martinez is one of those Republicans who has not yet come to grovel at Trump’s feet and give him her endorsement.
Martinez’s office responded to Trump in a statement issued by spokesman Mike Lonergan.
Apparently, Donald Trump doesn’t realize Governor Martinez wasn’t elected in 2000, that she has fought for welfare reform, and has strongly opposed the President’s Syrian refugee plan. But the pot shots weren’t about policy, they were about politics. And the Governor will not be bullied into supporting a candidate until she is convinced that candidate will fight for New Mexicans. Governor Martinez doesn’t care about what Donald Trump says about her – she cares about what he says he will do to help New Mexicans. She didn’t hear anything about that today.
If this is an example of Republican party “unity,” it is going to be a very entertaining five months until election day.
Here are Trump’s remarks, via YouTube:
Featured image via YouTube screen capture