Tuesday, 19 April 2016

The Washington Post: New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez makes sharp critique of Trump at RGA donor event

The Washington Post: New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez makes sharp critique of Trump at RGA donor event

It was the political question of the moment, posed by a donor to eight Republican governors who had gathered Sunday afternoon in the sumptuous Palm Beach mansion of billionaire David Koch: What did they make of Donald Trump, and what impact would he have on the party if he were nominated?

New Mexico’s Susana Martinez, chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association, did not mince words: 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 Mexico 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.

The comments were a remarkably strong rebuke of the GOP front-runner by Martinez, who has been publicly circumspect about his candidacy since the GOP contest engaged. She spoke out after the other female governor in the room, South Carolina’s Nikki Haley, also criticized Trump, expressing concern his rhetoric would taint the Republican brand. Haley said it was imperative that the GOP be inclusive to people from all backgrounds, according to attendees.

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