Trump talks economy, critiques Governor Martinez at rally

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Donald Trump walked out to a roaring crowd of thousands while “Y’all Ready for This” played in the background.

There were several protesters that cut into Trump’s speech. However, Trump continued to talk through the interruptions. He even called out some of the protesters and told security to take them out.

Trump discussed many issues, from his reputation with Hispanics to critiquing New Mexico’s governor. Trump said Governor Martinez needs to do a better job and he cited some bad economic stats.

The presidential hopeful also talked about the decline in the manufacturing jobs in Albuquerque.

“Since 2000, the number of people on food stamps in New Mexico has tripled. We have to get your governor to get going. She’s gotta do a better job, okay? Your governor has got to do a better job. She’s not doing the job.”

People waited for hours to hear Trump speak. The line was already wrapping around the Albuquerque Convention Center as the doors opened Tuesday afternoon.

The rally didn’t begin until 7 p.m., but people arrived very early.

Once the doors opened, thousands filled the stands and the floor.

Others stayed outside selling all types of Trump merchandise both in favor and against him.

While some observers thought Trump might soften his immigration message here in New Mexico, that didn’t happen. The New York businessman’s comments about Mexican immigrants, his stance on building a border wall and deporting millions of immigrants here illegally have helped boost him to the Republican Party’s nomination.

“We’re going to build a wall… It’s going to be a real wall. It’s going to be a wall that’s going to make ceiling look low and that ceiling’s quite high,” said Trump.

Supporters say Trump resonates with them. “He speaks like us, he talks like I do. Doesn’t talk like a politician,” said Tom Sedillo who attended the rally.

“People call him a racist and he’s not a racist… he’s a man that loves America,” said one supporter.

Before Tuesday night’s rally, Trump held a $10,000 a person fundraiser in Albuquerque — one of his first big fundraisers after self-funding most of his campaigns until now.

Governor Susana Martinez and Mayor Richard J. Berry both skipped the rally. Martinez said she was too busy and Berry was out of town.

But Trump also said he plans on returning to New Mexico before the November general election.

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