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President Trump Intends To Win New Mexico

on September 17, 2019 - 2:56pm
President Donald Trump shares his intention to win New Mexico in the 2020 election during his campaign rally Monday evening at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
A diverse crowd of all ages showed support for President Donald Trump at his campaign rally Monday evening in Rio Rancho. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

RIO RANCHO – Speaking to a crowd that onsite officials estimate at 15,000 Monday night, President Donald Trump made his case for coming to New Mexico and shared his intention to turn it red.

“I think we’re going to do great here … we are here because we really think we’re going to turn this state and make it a Republican state,” President Trump told the enthusiastic crowd packed into the Santa Ana Star Center.

The crowd roared in agreement.

Along with the sold-out crowd inside the arena, several thousand more supporters gathered outside and watched the president’s speech on a jumbo screen. Rain began to fall shortly before the event ended around 9 p.m., and the outdoor crowd dispersed.

During his speech the President promoted his record on the economy, spoke about how oil and gas has helped grow the state’s revenue, increased military spending and border security. He also lashed out at Democrats, the news media and the elite. He touched on moving forward with building the wall at the border. He said that he believes Hispanics like the idea of a border wall and don’t want immigrants taking their jobs or illegal drugs flowing into their communities. The audience, comprised of a diverse group responded with chants of “build that wall”.

The President asked how many Hispanics were in attendance and a large share of the audience waved and cheered in response. He spoke of the improvements for Hispanics since he took office and said that the median income for Hispanics has surpassed $50,000 a year.

Trump emphasized how much he wants to win back New Mexico in the 2020 election and asked supporters to give him more time in office to which the crowd responded by chanting, “Four more years”.

Trump said he plans to campaign for every vote in the run-up to the 2020 election.

Taking the stage ahead of the President’s arrival Monday evening were longtime supporter and CNN commentator Steve Cortes, New Mexico Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce and Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace. The roar of the crowd was deafening when President Trump’s Campaign Manager Brad Parscale took the stage to announce that the President’s plane had landed, and he was on his way.

President Trump's Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post during the rally about the Trump campaign.

“It is our overarching strategy that he wins in New Mexico,” Murtaugh said. “New Mexico is in play ... in February we had a rally in El Paso and noticed thousands of people in New Mexico crossed state lines into El Paso to attend the rally ... many were women and Latinos and that peaked our interest.”

Murtaugh explained that President Trump lost New Mexico in the last election by 8 points ... he lost to Hillary by 8 points, but Libertarian Gary Johnson was in the race and garnered 9 points.

“Without that factor this time around will change everything, New Mexico is there for the President to win,” Murtaugh said. “We intend to win all the states of last time and add some ... New Hampshire, Minnesota, Nevada, Colorado and perhaps Oregon. We have the resources thanks to the President’s unprecedented fundraising... .”

To counter the President’s visit Monday, New Mexico Democrats held a unity and diversity rally in Albuquerque.

Trump was scheduled to leave New Mexico this morning for fundraising events today and Wednesday in California.

The crowd rose to its feet and cheered loudly many times throughout the rally for President Trump. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Cell phones snapped shots and recorded videos throughout the rally. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

New Mexico Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce addresses the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

CNN commentator Steve Cortes speaks in support of President Trump during the rally. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Crowd scene at the Trump rally. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Mick Rich, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from New Mexico, center, attends the rally. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Media area at the rally. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

KayLinda Crawford of the Los Alamos Daily Post captures a scene from the rally. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A sizable number of Latinos attended the rally and held up signs of support for President Trump. Photo by Carol A. Clark/