Andrew Gillum Cleans Up Ron DeSantis, Says "Racists Believe He’s A Racist"

Ron DeSantis

The day after the August 28 primary, DeSantis drew widespread criticism for remarks made during an interview on Fox News, where the congressman was a frequent guest leading up to the election. The IRS has pushed back the deadline for Panhandle residents until early next year due to Hurricane Michael.

Gillum implied that DeSantis has aligned himself with racists through social media and speeches he's made. In the interview, he noted he's been in touch with former President Barack Obama, who may campaign on his behalf.

"I will fight taking away people's employer-provided plans", he said.

During the October 21 CNN debate, he accused his Republican opponent of fanning racial animus ever since DeSantis first warned Florida voters not to "monkey this up" by electing Gillum. "You shouldn't have to kiss the ring of the president of the United States for the president to see to the goodwill of the third largest state in all of America", Gillum said.

"The monkey up comment said it all, and he has only continued in the course of his campaign to draw all the attention he can to the colour of my skin", Gillum said. So as governor, that's something that I'm going to take on full throttle.

"The truth is I'm black. I've been black all my life, so far as I know, I will die black", he said, as some members of the audience laughed.

We will find out the answer in less than two weeks time.

In the poll's sample of registered voters, the mix of Democrats and Republicans surveyed nearly exactly matches the numbers reported by Florida's Secretary of State: 38% report being registered as Democrats, 35% as Republicans and 27% are registered with no party affiliation or as members of another party.

"I think there's something different about this election", Biden, who was introduced by gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum as "the coolest man on Planet Earth", said. NAACP President Derrick Johnson said his organization is "microfocused" on boosting black turnout this fall.




On Sunday night, Gillum accused DeSantis of injecting a racial element into an already heated race. Standing at her front door, she didn't hesitate when a conservative volunteer asked whether she was going to vote.

Gillum fired right back tweeting Friday, "Like I told you, he's weak".

"I'm confused by the question", he said to Tapper with a puzzled face.

Tapper replied: "thanks for watching CNN, Mr. President!" Gillum called Trump "weak" and said DeSantis was an "acolyte" and a "Trump apprentice".

"Did you pay for the Hamilton tickets?"

He also dismissed Parkland students' calls for stronger efforts to reduce gun violence when asked about his opposition to modest gun control measures passed by Florida's Republican-led legislature in the wake of the Parkland shooting. The DeSantis campaign said Sunday that its internal polling has him up by two points.

Meanwhile, a flood of money is shaping the Florida elections.

The heat is rising in the Florida governor's race.

Back at The Villages, the attack ads against Gillum appeared to be resonating with retirees gathered for a DeSantis appearance on October 20 that drew about 400. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) within two minutes of its airing, prompting CNN to write that it was "proof positive" that the president's viewing habits are not what he claims: "The idea that Trump doesn't watch TV ― and CNN in particular ― is ridiculous", the news network said.

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