From the May 25 edition of CNN’s New Day:
ALISYN CAMEROTA (HOST): Donald Trump always says he’s a counter-puncher, how did Susana Martinez start this fight?
JEFFREY LORD: Well, yeah, I was looking at this last night. And she was, she gave some talks, there was a private talk in April and word leaked out that she was critical of Donald Trump. And she said, she played the identity politics card, which is a cancer inside the Republican Party.
CAMEROTA: What does that mean? Played the identity politics card.
LORD: What does that mean?
CAMEROTA: How did she play the identity politics card?
LORD: Yeah, she told these people according to accounts I was reading in The Washington Post, I believe, that she was insulted by things he was saying because she’s a Latina. She’s not a Latina, she’s an American citizen. She is an American. She’s the governor --
TIM MILLER: She is, Jeffrey, the only Latina governor in the country.
LORD: Her race has nothing to do with this.
MILLER: She is the only Latina governor in the country. Donald Trump, given his problem with Hispanics should be bear-hugging her. And she’s successful, she’s popular, why is he attacking her besides his thin skin?
LORD: Tim, we don’t play identity politics. This is the party of Lincoln. Enough said.