Trump Rips Progressive Democrat Running for Florida Governor as ‘Failed Socialist’

The Mc Cain Conundrum

"And I'm running on a platform that says "We're going to create opportunities for everyday Floridians" and that's whats most important to do in order to prevail on November 6", said Gillum.

In Florida, progressive Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum pulled off a stunning upset in the Democratic primary for Florida governor.

The president again praised DeSantis, even after being made aware of the congressman's remark.

In an interview Wednesday on MSNBC, Michael Steele said he would not give the benefit of the doubt to Mr. DeSantis, who won the Republican primary Tuesday with President Trump's support, for using the phrase "monkey this up" about the Democratic victor Andrew Gillum, who is black. So too will the state of Florida.

Also in Florida, current governor Rick Scott won the Republican Senate nomination and is set to take on Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in November. He won big in the heavily-populated urban centers of Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville, as well as Alachua County, where the University of Florida is located, and certain predominantly African-American areas along the Georgia border.

"Andrew Gillum has a very engaging personality and he is very clear and strong about his beliefs", said Christopher Daniels, professor of political science at Famu. "He knows what he's saying, I'm not giving him a pass and I don't think anyone should", she said. The latest RGA email states the Medicare-for-all proposal that Gillum supports would cost American taxpayers $32 trillion but does not mention that Americans will pay more than that amount to private insurance companies in that same time period, for example. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., among other liberal figures nationally.

During this year's campaign he spoke often of his working-class roots and being the fifth of seven children born in Miami to a father who was a construction worker and a mother who drove school buses. He also was an early supporter of then-Sen.

"We had a candidate that spoke everybody's message". He said it was the only reason he voted for DeSantis.

Under Gillum's watch as mayor, the Federal Bureau of Investigation served subpoenas, seeking tens of thousands of documents. Gillum is mayor of the city of Tallahassee and Trump said Gillum has "allowed crime and many other problems to flourish in the city". "He thinks that in today's day and age Florida's voters are going to respond to that level of division".

And in a close race - Gillum finished with 34.3 percent of the vote to 31.3 percent for Graham in unofficial results - every one of the factors had to combine to produce the victory.

Media Matters found that DeSantis did use the term "monkey" on air during an August 2017 Fox News appearance, when he said Democrats were trying to "throw a monkey wrench" into the Trump administration's agenda.

Democratic consultant Dick Batchelor, however, cautioned about a strategy that doesn't go beyond rallying progressive supporters. He's a gifted public speaker who did well in debates, often receiving the most applause, but the FBI is investigating Tallahassee city hall for corruption.

Trump quickly attacked Gillum Wednesday morning on Twitter, calling him "a failed Socialist mayor" and the "biggest dream" opponent for DeSantis.

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