Florida Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum said the toxic form of politics being championed by Donald Trump and his GOP opponent Ron DeSantis has no place in the Sunshine State.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, the rising Democratic star said he thinks voters in the state will reject Trump’s dark closing message.
“The only benefit I have is that my opponent Ron DeSantis and the president seem to be twins at dividing, at stoking the politics of fear, and quite frankly I think they underestimate the people of the state of Florida,” Gillum said. “I think people have reached their limit with this kind of politics.”
Trump campaigned in Florida on Wednesday and plans to make another stop there on Saturday.
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) November 2, 2018
I’m not sure what the president does. I missed his rally last night. I was out trick or treating with my three kids. But I will tell you the president has made this election all about him. The only benefit I have is that my opponent Ron DeSantis and the president seem to be twins at dividing, at stoking the politics of fear, and quite frankly I think they underestimate the people of the state of Florida. I think that we’re going to resoundingly reject that kind of politics. In the same week that 11 families are burying loved ones in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and we had bombs mailed into homes of prominent Democrats around the country. I think people have reached their limit with this kind of politics, and I think they’re going to unapologetically reject it on November 6th here in Florida.
The contrast couldn’t be clearer between the two parties
Whether it’s Andrew Gillum in Florida, Stacey Abrams in Georgia or Beto O’Rourke in Texas, the contrast between the two parties couldn’t be more clear with less than a week to go before Election Day.
While Democrats are putting up forward-looking progressive candidates preaching inclusivity and unity, particularly after several weeks of political, racial and political violence, Republicans are banking on the politics of fear and bigotry to win them votes down the stretch.
Andrew Gillum is betting that Trump’s politics of hate will fail in Florida – and all across the country – when voters weigh in next week.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.