Donald Trump scored a twofer at a rally in New Mexico: insulting a fellow Republican, who also happens to be one of the nation's highest-ranking Latino officeholders.
Trump told a raucus crowd in Albuquerque on Tuesday night that the state's governor, Susana Martinez, has to "get going" and "do a better job."
“She's not doing the job. We’ve got to get her moving. Come on. Let's go, Governor,” Trump said to cheers.
His comments did not appear to be off the cuff. Trump read from a sheet of paper as he reeled off statistics claiming higher unemployment and increased dependence on food stamps in the state. He also said Martinez had not done enough to prevent Syrian refugees from resettling there.
“Is it your fault or is it your government’s fault? It’s the government fault,” he said. "Maybe I’ll run for governor of New Mexico. I’ll get this place going.”
Last month, she told a group of wealthy GOP donors in Palm Beach, Fla., that she was offended as a Latina, and that his plans to make Mexico pay for a border wall were irresponsible, according to a Washington Post account .
She had previously called his comments labeling Mexicans who cross the border as rapists and criminals "completely and unequivocally wrong."
Martinez, the nation's only Latina governor, heads the Republican Governors Assn. She had been considered a potential vice presidential pick, which now seems unlikely.