Residents in Ron DeSantis district rally against racism

Minnie Murray
August 31, 2018

As noted in one of the tweets above, David Bossie, president of Citizens United and a member of DeSantis' team, was the guy who used the phrase "cotton-pickin' mind" towards a black panel member on Fox News earlier this summer.

It was a Trump rally on July 31 in Tampa, which happens to be the state's largest media market, that helped propel DeSantis, a three-term congressman from Ponte Vedra Beach, past Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the primary.

"Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace" Gillum's policies, Lawson said in a statement. But he acknowledged in a recent interview that it would be "big" to be Florida's first black governor. In 2003, Gillum became the youngest person elected to the Tallahassee City Commission at 23 years old.

Andrew Gillum's defeat of Gwen Graham for the Democratic nomination for governor was no surprise at all for his supporters in the progressive movement and African American communities.

Andrew Gillium, Florida's 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current mayor of Tallahassee, called on the FBI to tell voters he is not the target of an investigation.

Gillum is black. DeSantis' comments were nearly immediately ripped out of context and interpreted as racially motivated.

Florida's two most-frugal gubernatorial candidates in Tuesday's primaries are the one's squaring off in the general election. "The Progressive movement is going to show up like we've never shown up before and we're going to flip this state blue", he said to cheers.

Gillum indicated to Fox News' Shepard Smith that DeSantis' comment ran abreast of numerous controversial statements of President Donald Trump when he was campaigning for the White House in 2015 and 2016. Overall crime was down in Tallahassee previous year but the city saw a spike in homicides. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd". "He knows what he's saying, I'm not giving him a pass and I don't think anyone should", she said.

DeSantis has already repeatedly hammered Gillum for calling for a 40 percent increase in the corporate tax rate to raise $1 billion for Florida schools. "In the handbook of (President) Donald Trump they no longer do whistle calls, they're now using full bullhorns and what I've got to say about that is that we've got to make sure that we stay focused, I think, on the issues that confront everyday people".

This group of pastors agree and is asking the Republican nominee for governor to apologize to the people of Florida and his opponent.

At the White House, Mr Trump told reporters he had not heard about Mr DeSantis's comments, and praised the Republican candidate as "extraordinary". "Let's build off the success we've had on Gov. Scott", DeSantis said.

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