President Donald Trump late on Sunday congratulated the GOP candidate for Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, on twitter, for the “great debate victory” against his Democratic challenger Andrew Gillum, Fox News informed.
Gillum likely cares about Trump’s analysis and spent most of the debate working to connect DeSantis with the President. At one point in the debate he called DeSantis Trump’s acolyte.
DeSantis stated that his relationship with the President – whether he or she agrees with the office or not – is important for the state.
“You need to be able to work with the President,” DeSantis said. “Andrew can’t do that. He wants to impeach Trump, he’s always saying bad things about him … I think I will be better positioned to advance Florida’s priorities because I have a productive relationship with the administration.”
“When we’re downrange in Iraq, it didn’t matter your race,” he said. “We all wore the same uniform, we all had that American flag patch on our arm and that was end of story. I’ll be a governor for all Floridians.”
Gillum implied that DeSantis has aligned himself with racists through social media and speeches he’s given.
“The monkey up comment said it all and he has only continued in the course of his campaign to draw all the attention he can to the color of my skin,” Gillum said. “And the truth is, you know what? I’m black. I’ve been black I’ll my life and as far as I know, I’ll die black.”
Trump tweeted that Tallahassee – the city where Gillum serves as mayor – is one of the “worst run, and most corrupt” cities in the state.