Democrats Call on Gov. to Say if She Will Support Trump as Nominee
Given His Bigoted Policy Proposals
In response to the recent flurry of bigoted statements and policy proposals made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Debra Haaland on Tuesday called on Gov. Susana Martinez to take a stand and let New Mexicans know if she plans to support Trump if he wins the Republican nomination – as polling overwhelmingly indicates that he will.
“Donald Trump is out of touch with New Mexico values,” Haaland said. “He has referred to Mexican immigrants as rapists; he’s called for an all-out ban on Muslims visiting the United States; and he’s mocked Americans with disabilities. New Mexicans deserve an answer: Will their governor stand with Donald Trump if he wins the nomination?”
Haaland expressed further concern that the record of the Martinez Administration shows that the governor is already out of touch with New Mexico values, just like Donald Trump.
“Concern has also grown rapidly that Gov. Susana Martinez, too, is out of touch with New Mexico values,” Haaland said. “Her Secretary of State resigned in disgrace after pleading guilty to criminal charges; her Taxation and Revenue Department Secretary is under investigation for abuse of power; and her closest political adviser is under FBI investigation for political fundraising irregularities. Those actions do not reflect New Mexico values of fairness, honesty and hard work.”
Haaland also cited recent national news coverage putting New Mexico at the bottom of yet another list.
“New Mexico was named the worst-run state in the nation last week in part because of the high unemployment and rise in violent crime under Gov. Martinez’s watch,” Haaland said. “New Mexicans are already concerned that Gov. Susana Martinez is presiding over a corrupt administration that has lost touch with New Mexicans. As a result, there is a very real concern that Gov. Martinez would stand with Donald Trump and his bigoted policies when he wins the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.”
Although Gov. Martinez has yet to take a stand against any of Trump’s recent misguided proposals, Haaland made clear that the governor’s separating herself from one or two of Trump’s outrageous positions was not enough.
“This isn’t about disavowing one or another of Donald Trump’s bigoted proposals,” Haaland said. “It’s about standing up for New Mexico by refusing to stand with a extreme fear-monger if he becomes the Republican Party’s nominee for president.”