Day 1 Of Gillum’s Nomination For FL Governor: Trump Freaks Out, DeSantis Makes Racial Slur

Day 1 Of Gillum’s Nomination For FL Governor: Trump Freaks Out, DeSantis Makes Racial Slur

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Florida’s gubernatorial contest between Bernie Sanders-backed Democrat Andrew Gillum and Donald Trump-endorsed Republican Ron DeSantis has been described as a bellwether for the 2020 presidential election, according to Politico.

Tallahassee Mayor and Miami native Gillum scored an upset victory in the Florida primary on Tuesday. A progressive, Gillum supports raising the minimum wage, sanctuary cities, and “Medicare-for-all”.

Trump tweeted, “Not only did Congressman Ron DeSantis easily win the Republican Primary, but his opponent in November is his biggest dream….a failed Socialist Mayor named Andrew Gillum who has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city. This is not what Florida wants or needs!”

Andrew Gillum and his wife, R. Jai Gillum addresses his supporters after Andrew Gillum won the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. Gillum defeated former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and four other candidates. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)


Lawyer and Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah responded with this tweet:

“The people of Florida have a clear choice: Andrew Gillum who will fight for all Floridians. Or Ron DeSantis who has embraced Trump’s racism, bigotry, sexism and corruption. What will it be Florida? The country is watching.”

Rather than bashing Trump, Gillum said Wednesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that he won votes by talking about issues that affect people’s pocketbooks. Also on Wednesday on CNN, Gillum reinforced his message:

“Democrats ought to run on a platform of what we’re going to do for the people of our state,” he told CNN. “I’m not running on a platform of impeachment. I’m running on a platform that says we’re going to create opportunity for everyday Floridians. That’s what’s most important. That’s what we’re going to do and we’re going to prevail on Nov. 6.”

Trump won Florida by a little more than 1 percent in the 2016 election and he endorsed GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis, arguably for this one reason: that DeSantis will be a reliable supporter of the Trump agenda.

The choice between Gillum and DeSantis “cannot be more stark,” White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Wednesday on “Fox & Friends”. “I can’t think of a candidate in this country who has leaned in more to the presidential endorsement than Ron Desantis.”

DeSantis warned Floridians on Fox News not to “monkey this up” by embracing Gillum’s agenda, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. After Gillum was described as “an articulate spokesman” for leftist views, DeSantis said:

“The last thing we need to do is monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state,” DeSantis said.

The Florida Democratic Party responded immediately. “It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles,” FDP Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a press release.

Trump has warned that there will be violence if the Democrats win November’s mid-term elections, BBC reported:

“He told Evangelical leaders that the November election was a ‘referendum’ on freedom of speech and religion, and that these were threatened by “violent people”. He appealed to conservative Christian groups for help, saying they were one vote away from “losing everything”.

Trump described a violent act in his book, “The Art of the Deal,” published in 1987, in which he hit a teacher:

“Even in elementary school, I was a very assertive, aggressive kid,” Trump wrote. “In the second grade I actually gave a teacher a black eye — I punched my music teacher because I didn’t think he knew anything about music and I almost got expelled. I’m not proud of that but it’s clear evidence that even early on I had a tendency to stand up and make my opinions known in a very forceful way. The difference now is that I like to use my brain instead of my fists.”

Gillum told CNN’s John Berman that Trump should be impeached if Democrats retake control of Congress.
“I absolutely do”,” he said. “I think he’s already incriminated himself by interfering in the Department of Justice, firing James Comey, of whom I’m no fan of, but basically obstructing justice. And ever since that time he’s only driven deeper, down a pretty dark hole.”