Donald Trump laid out his case for changing the name of New Mexico while he was campaigning in the state. Trump also had some harsh criticism for New Mexico Republican Governor Susana Martinez after she skipped his political rally in Albuquerque and refused to endorse his presidential run.
The Don spoke to a packed auditorium while in Albuquerque.
"Your Republican governor is not doing her job in helping to unite the party. She's not supporting the wall in a state that's right on the border. If she want's to keep her job, the first thing she needs to do is change the name of the state to something that isn't going to attract more illegal immigrants. They're coming here and they hear about this state that even has Mexico in the name, and they can get drivers licenses and food stamps. The governor needs to make the state seem more like America, instead of an extension of Mexico."
The crowd roared with approval as Trump beamed. Then the Don capped his rally saying, "When I'm president I'm going to change the name of the state to something that doesn't have Mexico, a foreign country in it's name. How about Trumpsylvannia? Georgistan? West Georgia? Anything but New Mexico."
The adulating crowd went wild as Trump exited the auditorium shaking hands with swooning spectators near the rope lines.
Some of the proposed new names, West Georgia and Georgistan, are seen as an olive branch to Trump's estranged son, George Robert Trump, who lives in Santa Fe.
After the rally, disastrous riots followed in Albuquerque and polls show Trump has little chance to carry New Mexico in the general election. A few days later it seemed that Trump was writing off New Mexico when he told CNN's Anderson Cooper, "I don't think most of those people consider themselves Americans first, you have to look at the name of the state, it has Mexico in the name, it doesn't seem like they want to be Americans."
Anderson followed up, "Many of our state names are Spanish words, are you suggesting that Florida, Texas and Colorado, for example, are un-American?
"Excuse me, excuse me Anderson, you are talking about Spanish names and I'm talking about a state that that has another country's name in its name. Now it doesn't sound that strange because we've gotten used to it, New Mexico I mean, but would people accept a state called New China or New Pakistan?
Anderson continued saying, "You talked about giving New Mexico back to Mexico if their governor doesn't do her job..."
"Look Anderson," Trump interupted, "that was just a suggestion and it wouldn't be fair to all the good people in New Mexico, but maybe we can get the good ones to sign a loyalty pledge to America."
Even before the interview was over, a new hashtag #trumployaltyoath sparked the latest twitter war between pro and anti-Trump forces.