Despite recent calls for unity in the face of multiple attacks motivated by hatred, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning with business as usual.
This time, the president called Tallahassee mayor and current Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum a “thief.”
In Florida there is a choice between a Harvard/Yale educated man named @RonDeSantisFL who has been a great Congressman and will be a great Governor – and a Dem who is a thief and who is Mayor of poorly run Tallahassee, said to be one of the most corrupt cities in the Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2018
But Gillum – who has maintained a small but consistent lead over his opponent, Republican Ron DeSantis, since the two won their respective primaries – isn’t taking Trump’s attacks lying down.
And he’s accusing Trump of being the absolute worst thing Trump could ever consider anyone to be: weak.
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) October 29, 2018
This echoes recent attacks Gillum has levied against Trump before when Trump failed to @ him on Twitter.
Like I told you, he’s weak. And weak people bully, lie, and intimidate.
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) October 22, 2018
When you lie about me from the most powerful office in the world and still don’t have the courage to @ me… https://t.co/ESxXG5j6eH
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) October 20, 2018
Gillum made similar statements during a televised debate, also dismissing DeSantis as a lackey for the president.
“Donald Trump is weak, And he performs as all weak people do: they become bullies and Mr. DeSantis is his acolyte. He’s trying out to be the Trump apprentice at every turn. He’s tweeting at him and he’s talking to him. He’s showing up. He’s complimenting him.”
In the same way he’s excited many Democrats in Florida, Andrew Gillum’s premium clapback had likely voters cheering.
We are with you Andrew!
— Stacy The Resistance (@StacyDAlessand3) October 29, 2018
"Just win baby"- Al Davis
Just win Andrew- A grateful nation
— Tony Powell (@comictonypowell) October 29, 2018
Mr Mayor, you got this! #BringItHome (and my family voted for you!!)
— Sue Dann (@CricketixSue) October 29, 2018
Already voted for you! Getting others to do the same! #BringItHome
— Warren Davis (@MrWarren_D) October 29, 2018
You nailed it…. Our POTUS is a draft dodging coward… and whines like a little bitch about just about anything!!!
— Rod Mangrum (@MangrumRod) October 29, 2018
And while Gillum received massive praise for his comeback against the president, Donald Trump was heavily criticized for his hypocrisy.