Poll Context: Donald Trump makes no secret of the fact that if you hot him, he’ll hit back 10 times harder. Everyone knows this so why are they surprised that he hit out at Susana Martinez?
Martinez is on record as being anti-Trump. She told the crowd of about 60 wealthy GOP backers that, as a Latina, she was offended by Trump’s language about immigrants. Noting her years working as a prosecutor on the Mexican border and now as a border-state governor, Martinez said Trump’s plan to build a wall and force Mexico to pay for it was unrealistic and irresponsible, according to multiple people in attendance.
As The Washington Examiner points out:
Team Trump believes Martinez has continued to criticize him in private since those remarks. And when Trump traveled to Albuquerque, after having clinched the Republican nomination, Martinez told reporters she was “really busy” and did not have time to attend.
So Trump slammed Martinez for, among other things, the state of the economy and a rise in food stamp usage in New Mexico. “We have got to get your governor to get going,” he said. “She’s got to do a better job.”