Political observers were baffled last week when Donald Trump attacked popular New Mexico governor, Susana Martinez, a female, Hispanic Republican.
The condemnation from Republican heavies and media came hot and heavy.
Now we are learning why Trump decided to pick this seemingly unnecessary…and the explanation is pure Trump.
The Washington Examiner has the story…
Many observers were mystified when Donald Trump attacked New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. But the story was really very simple: Martinez hit Trump, so Trump hit back.
So what did Martinez, once seen as a front runner for VP, do to earn the ire of Trump?
In mid-April, the New Mexico governor issued a “remarkably strong rebuke” to Trump, in the words of a Washington Post report, when Martinez spoke to a GOP fundraiser at the home of David Koch in Palm Beach, Florida. Martinez, according to the Post, “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 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.”
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.
I think it is safe to assume that Martinez won’t be sharing the ticket. While the explanation is perfectly reasonable, the optics and strategic wisdom of attacking Martinez is dubious given Trump’s position with women, Hispanics, and Republican leaders.
At this point, Trump will have to re-write the strategy book in the general election as he did in the primary because the conventional path is quickly closing to him!
Source: Washington Examiner