May 19, 2016

Trump rally in Albuquerque next week

Gage Skidmore

Donald Trump at CPAC 2011. Flickr /cc

Presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump will make an appearance in New Mexico next week according to the schedule on his campaign website.

Donald Trump at CPAC 2011. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore cc

Gage Skidmore

Donald Trump at CPAC 2011. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore cc

Trump’s campaign announced an event at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. It will be the first campaign appearance by a Republican in New Mexico this year.

Trump is the lone remaining Republican candidate, after 16 other candidates dropped out.

New Mexico’s primaries take place on June 7, though New Mexico may be a tough sell for Trump, even when he has all-but locked up the Republican nomination.

New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanic and Latino residents. Trump has made inflammatory statements about immigrants from Mexico, starting with his campaign launch.

“When Mexico, meaning the Mexican government, sends its people … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us,” Trump said. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

These, and other statements, have given some Republicans pause when it comes to endorsing him.

Gov. Susana Martinez, for example, has not endorsed Trump. She says, however, that she will appear at the Republican National Convention where Trump is expected to accept the Republican nomination.

The rally comes days after Bernie Sanders will make three appearances in New Mexico, including at the Albuquerque Convention Center, and shortly before former President Bill Clinton appears in New Mexico.