In the first few hours after Trump won the presidential elections, hundreds of reports of biased attacks against immigrants, Muslims, African-Americans, Latinos and gays were reported nationwide.
This was all news to Donald Trump who learned about them not from advisors who should be watching these things, but from Leslie Stahl during his 60 Minutes interview last weekend. He stumbled through a response, eventually settling on a directive to his followers to “stop it.”
If those hate-motivated Americans feel emboldened by Trump, they do so for good reason: his campaign went from bad to worse when Trump named Breitbart News publisher Steve Bannon to lead his campaign. Now, as President, Trump named Bannon his chief advisor.
Some of New Mexico’s political leaders are publicly decrying that appointment – but not Susana Martinez.
CBS News’s Alan He shared this Martinez moment from a recent Republican Governor’s Association event:
New Mexicans remember that Trump publicly attacked Martinez for doing a horrible job running our state. She still refused to oppose his presidency. It doesn’t look like she’ll be standing up to him as president either.
In contrast, Sen. Tom Udall joined Senate leaders in quickly denouncing this appointment:
“As far as I’m concerned, appointing as chief strategist and adviser a man who has dedicated the last several years to running a far-right website that demonizes women and spreads hate-filled lies about Muslims, Latinos, African Americans, Jews and others shows Donald Trump has already forgotten his pledge for unity. Across this country, people are voicing fear and anger about what this means for the direction of Mr. Trump’s presidency. This is a frightening sign of where his administration may be headed; it’s not a wise choice, and Mr. Trump would be better off without him.”
Last week, we profiled Sen. Udall amid much speculation that he will run for governor in 2018 to challenge Martinez’s legacy.
Sen. Heinrich also had a few harsh words:
“This first major decision made by our president-elect as he shapes his administration sends an alarming message about his leadership and the direction he wants to take our country. Steve Bannon has made a career out of selling hateful and divisive propaganda aimed at women, Hispanics, African Americans, Jews, and just about any American minority group you could think of. I find it sickening that my constituents will be paying the salary of a man viewed by White Supremacists as their modern champion.”