Donald Trump calls Andrew Gillum ‘a failed Socialist Mayor’

Surprise Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum is already under attack from President Donald Trump. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

President Donald Trump, whose endorsement of Ron DeSantis was pivotal in Florida’s Republican primary for governor, signaled this morning that he plans to get involved in the general election as well.

On Twitter, Trump crowed about DeSantis’ huge win — and took a shot at the Democratic nominee, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Listen to the talk of a potential Gillum “surge” on last week’s Inside Florida Politics podcast:

Here’s what Trump tweeted this morning about the DeSantis-Gillum race:

“Not only did Congressman Ron DeSantis easily win the Republican Primary, but his opponent in November is his biggest dream….a failed Socialist Mayor named Andrew Gillum who has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city. This is not what Florida wants or needs!” Trump tweeted.

Gillum stunned pollsters and much of the punditocracy by defeating four rivals to win the Democratic primary with 34 percent of the vote. An endorsement from Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders was a key factor for Gillum.

Tallahassee last year was named the most dangerous city in Florida by the blog 24/7 Wall St. based on federal Uniform Crime Rate reports from 2015 that showed 767.1 violent crimes per 100,000 people, compared to a statewide rate of 461.9 per 100,000.


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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