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New Mexico Democrats rally in response to President Trump's Rio Rancho visit

Gov. Grisham criticized President Trump's treatment of immigrant community

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
  • Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a statement before President Trump's campaign rally in Rio Rancho
  • She specifically cited Farmington, saying her administration helped provide economic development funding for coal plant workers
  • New Mexico Democrats hosted the "New Mexico for All" event in Albuquerque before Trump's rally

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Democrats came out swinging against President Donald Trump during a Sept. 16 event in Albuquerque where they denounced his actions and policies and emphasized unity and New Mexico values.

Democrats on national, state and local levels attended the New Mexico for All event in Tiguex Park in Albuquerque hosted by the New Mexico Democrats.

The event was held in response to President Trump's campaign rally on Sept. 16 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho as he tries to flip the state in the 2020 election after losing New Mexico during the 2016 election.

Hundreds crowded into the park, carrying signs and making art displays — including a "baby Trump" inside a cage constructed of wooden sticks.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller lead the batch of speakers, telling the crowd that leaders do not dehumanize immigrants and that leaders do not personally attack women and people of color or make fun of the disabled.

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Congresswoman Deb Haaland and Congressman Ben Ray Luján also spoke during the event.

"We say, in one strong united voice, that we will not stand for hate," Oliver said. "That we stand with each other and the people of our communities."

Haaland told the crowds that New Mexicans stand for people of all races, colors and creeds along with standing for the freedom of religion and the press.

As the last speaker, Luján said President Trump will want the crowd to forget his lies and failures, citing the President's tax cut which took from middle class families and gave to wealthy families who didn't deserve it.  

Congresswoman Deb Haaland speaks to the crowd at the New Mexico for All event in Tiguex Park in Albuquerque hosted by the New Mexico Democrats on Sept. 16.

Luján compared Trump's reallocation of military funds to construct his wall along the U.S. – Mexico border to theft from military families.

"Our president is stealing from our families right before our eyes," Luján said.

Governor responds to Trump rally

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a statement ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to Rio Rancho for a campaign event, criticizing his statements and actions toward the Hispanic and immigrant community while talking about the impact of her administration.

The governor issued an extended statement in advance of President Trump's campaign rally on Sept. 16 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho as the president tries to win voters over in a state he lost during 2016 presidential election.

"The president has demeaned, demonized and discriminated against Hispanics, immigrants and diverse communities every single day he has been president," Lujan Grisham said. "Undoubtedly his remarks in New Mexico tonight will be more of the same."

Michelle Lujan Grisham

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Lujan Grisham cited accomplishments during her administration that benefited workers and families, including raising the minimum wage, doubling investments in small businesses and investing in renewable energy jobs.

She specifically cited Farmington in her statement, stating her administration helped provide economic development funding for coal plant workers.

"The president, through his ‘tax cut,’ actually raised taxes on many New Mexicans. My administration stepped in to protect New Mexicans’ paychecks," Lujan Grisham said.

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Joshua Kellogg covers breaking news for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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