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

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Desantis made the comment during a morning interview that touched upon Gillum's upset victory on the Democratic ticket.

Then-Senator Obama (D-IL) said (0:29 in the video below): "I come from Chicago".

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) is a Fox News regular who really, really wants to build Trump's proposed border wall.

"Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses".

Gillum never tried to win over centrist Democrats in his quest for the gubernatorial nomination - defying the general political wisdom in the country's largest purple state.

As a 23-year-old student at the historically black Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Famu), Gillum championed a people-first approach to politics and more funding for education during his successful campaign to be the youngest person ever elected to Tallahassee's city commission.

He called the Tallahasee mayor charismatic, but said he is too far to the left. Gillum, who could become Florida's first African-American governor, won't say whether he identifies as a democratic socialist, but there's no denying that he's very progressive.

But that doesn't mean there's nothing in Gillum's past that his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep Ron DeSantis, will use.

But even Fox News, a network which showered DeSantis with favorable coverage, wasn't quite buying it. Republican businesswoman Lea Marquez Peterson also won her party's nomination for the competitive district. He had become one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress before deciding to run for agriculture commissioner.

Forget appealing to the center, the Florida governor's race is a match up of two extremes. He said voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing a guy with a socialist agenda.

Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis each defeated the establishment picks in their respective gubernatorial primaries in Florida and will face each other in November.

"With one tweet, that kind of put me on the map", DeSantis said. "That's not going to be good for Florida".

Democrats are motivated to take on Trump and Gillum is happy to lead the charge.

A victory would mark a change in fortunes for Florida Democrats, who have not held the governor's office for 20 years, and have lost close races after nominating moderates who failed to generate enough enthusiasm, particularly among key minority voters.

Trump weighed in Wednesday on Twitter saying that not only did DeSantis win but that "his opponent in November is his biggest dream". "Has my total and complete Endorsement!".

Less than a day after the 25 August 2018 announcement that Senator John McCain of Arizona had died, reports were spreading online to the effect that the state's governor had already appointed former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to McCain's seat in the U.S. Senate.

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.

On Tuesday, Ron DeSantis was declared the victor in Florida's republican gubernatorial primary, facing off against the state's agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam.

Mr DeSantis won his primary by touting his closeness to Mr Trump. Gillum called them "beneath the intelligence of Floridians".

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