New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham faced a loud group of protesters this week as she formally announced that she’ll seek reelection.
Signs held up by critics of the Democrat, who is known as MLG, included slogans such as “Stop Obeying,” “Open All Businesses Now,” and “Governor, We Are Not Your Subjects,” according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Booing and chants against Grisham outside the Albuquerque Museum appeared to force the governor to cut her speech short and leave early, the newspaper reported.
As she faced the protesters Thursday, Grisham dismissed her critics as “QAnon lizard people,” the New Mexican reported.
“I know it’s going to be loud, and I just have to say I’m sorry that we picked the same location that the QAnon lizard people meeting was at,” she said, according to the newspaper.
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“In spite of that,” she continued, “I’m running for reelection for another four years. … We’re going to do what we do best. We’re going to protect New Mexico, and no amount of noise will deter, intimidate or create a vacuum in leadership that makes a difference for every single New Mexican this day and every day. Can’t be done. Can’t be done.”
New Mexico Republicans responded to the governor’s remarks on Twitter.
“New Mexicans deserve a governor who will face their constituents in their frustration, not insult them,” the GOP wrote.
Grisham’s opponents in the crowd spoke about why they showed up.
“We believe she was a mistake for New Mexico,” protester Leanna Derrick, a retired Albuquerque teacher, told the New Mexican. She said she was with a group that considered themselves “constitutional New Mexicans.”
“We believe she was a mistake for New Mexico.”
— Leanna Derrick, retired teacher
“Our Constitution has been marched all over because the World Health Organization and the pand
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