Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is firing back at President Donald Trump, who took an indirect swipe at Gillum at a MAGA rally in Montana on Thursday.
@realDonaldTrump went after me again tonight — in Montana — but still didn’t have the courage to @ me by name,” Gillum tweeted Thursday night.
Mr. President, my name is Andrew Gillum and I’m going to be the next Governor of Florida because lies and scare tactics don’t vote, people do.
Heard @realDonaldTrump went after me again tonight — in Montana — but still didn't have the courage to @ me by name.
Mr. President, my name is Andrew Gillum and I'm going to be the next Governor of Florida because lies and scare tactics don't vote, people do.
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) September 7, 2018
During a stump speech for Montana Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale, Trump said it would be a “disaster” for Florida if his chosen candidate, Ron DeSantis, loses the race. Trump did not mention Gillum by name.
“Ron for governor,” Trump said, plugging DeSantis into a speech for Rosendale.
Trump says Florida will be "a disaster" if Democrat Andrew Gillum wins the governorship. "Ron for governor," he says in Montana.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 7, 2018
Florida voters came to Gillum’s defense. He’s drawing a lot of excitement from the progressive left.
You are the gold standard on what a true leader is, Mr. Gillum. If I lived in Florida, you’d have my vote 🗳
— 🌊 KaydenƸӜƷ 🌊 (@lightning_waltz) September 7, 2018
I do live in Florida and he does have my vote 👍
— PoliticalSis ⚛♻️🌊🔬🗽📎 (@MelanieInMiami) September 7, 2018
Please remember to vote for @SenBillNelson too, we cannot send Shady Rick Scott to DC. Vote blue up & down the ticket.
— WakeUp2Injustice (@WakeUp2News) September 7, 2018
💯Yes you are!!
— Ali Adair #DoTheRightThing (@AliAdair22) September 7, 2018
I can and I am.
— Enja,#FBR, Democrat, European Socialism 🇺🇸🇨🇦 (@enja1949) September 7, 2018
I donated the max legal amount to you today!!! Go Blue!!!!
— Bethany Herwegh (@BethanyHerwegh) September 7, 2018
Gillum, the current mayor of Tallahassee, won a surprise upset victory in Florida’s Democratic primary race last month and currently leads DeSantis, a three-term Republican Congressman, in the polls. If he wins, Gillum would become Florida’s first black governor.
The day after the primary, Trump tweeted that Gillum is “a failed Socialist Mayor…who has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city. This is not what Florida wants or needs!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
Gillum quickly responded to Trump, urging the president to tag him if he’s looking to pick a fight.
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) August 29, 2018
Gillum is not the only gubernatorial candidate Trump attacked in his Thursday speech – without having the courage to use their names.
Trump insulted the entire state of California, where Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is running on a platform of universal health care for all California residents.