In an interview with the Santa Fe New Mexican on yesterday, Donald Trump discussed his desire to have the endorsement of New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. “I’d like to have it,” Trump said of the endorsement. “I respect her. I have always liked her.”
Trump didn’t respect her nine short days ago, when he scolded her in front of 8000 of her constituents at a rally in Albuquerque. He blamed her for various economic problems and told the assembled crowd that she was not doing her job. “We have got to get your governor to get going. She’s got to do a better job. Okay? Your governor has got to do a better job. She’s not doing the job,” Trump said, as he proposed a sarcastic solution. “Hey! Maybe I’ll run for governor of New Mexico. I’ll get this place going. She’s not doing the job. We’ve got to get her moving. Come on: Let’s go, governor.” He also accused her of allowing Syrian refugees into New Mexico, though he produced no evidence of that. Martinez opposed Obama’s plan to allow Syrian refugees into the US.
Are those the statements of a man who “respects” our nation’s first Latina governor? Does telling a crowd that New Mexico’s first female governor is “not doing her job” four times in 20 seconds means that he “likes” her?
At this time Gov. Martinez has declined to endorse Trump. She says that she will not endorse Trump until he addresses the problems of New Mexico. “I am where I have always been,” Martinez said said of a possible endorsement. “It’s very important that he address what is needed in New Mexico, in reference to our labs and our military bases. He’s not addressed it yet.” Martinez was also specifically critical of his language and policies regarding Latinos and immigration.