Gillum puts Trump-Gold Star widow controversy into Florida governor’s race

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum at the Florida Democratic Party’s Leadership Blue gathering in Hollywood in June. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum is putting the uproar over President Donald Trump‘s remarks to a Gold Star widow from Miami Lakes into the Florida governor’s race.

Gillum’s statement appears on a page on his campaign website that includes a red “Donate” button.

Tallahassee Mayor Gillum put out a statement this afternoon saying Trump has “disgraced his office.” The statement appears on a page on his campaign website that includes a link to donate to Gillum’s campaign.

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson — a Miami Democrat who has endorsed Gillum in the Democratic primary for governor — has blasted Trump’s phone call to Myeshia Johnson, whose husband was one of four Army Special Forces soldiers killed in Niger this month. Wilson says she heard Trump on speakerphone tell the widow that Sgt. La David Johnson “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens it hurts anyway.”

Trump on Twitter said Wilson “fabricated” the account and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders this afternoon accused Wilson of “appalling” politicization of the incident.

Gillum’s campaign released this statement from the candidate:

“No decent person can defend what this President did yesterday. He disrespected a fallen soldier, traumatized his widow, and called a Member of Congress who was grieving with the family a liar. This President has shown with each passing day that he intends to govern without a shred of moral dignity or empathy. He has disgraced his office with this latest episode.”

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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