In this tumultuous election season, political opportunity sometimes knocks with a plume of orange-colored smoke.
And so the Trump Train rolled into New Mexico this week, with its wild-eyed conductor opening his arms to the next load of enthusiastic passengers — except someone refused to get aboard.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, who endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican primary and has criticized Donald Trump for his immigration rhetoric, was a conspicuous no-show at Trump's Albuquerque rally. Martinez had previously said she was holding out on endorsing the presumptive GOP nominee, insisting she had yet to be sufficiently impressed.
Even amidst all the evening's pandemonium, Trump took note of the slight, dedicating some of his speech to chiding Martinez for the state's performance under her reign.
"She's got to do a better job, OK?" Trump told the crowd. "Your governor has got to do a better job." He went on to joke that he just might have to run for governor of New Mexico to clean up her mess.
In response, Martinez's spokesman vowed that she would "not be bullied into supporting a candidate," while her acolytes took to Twitter to tsk-tsk the New York tycoon.