Donald Trump, Andrew Gillum Trade Shots On Twitter

Gillum challenges the President to speak up next time and say it from the chest.

Andrew Gillum
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Gillum challenges the President to speak up next time and say it from the chest.

Nothing seemed to get in the way of election hopeful Andrew Gillum responding promptly to a couple of tweets that Donald Trump posted to diminish Gillum’s record as mayor of Tallahassee on Saturday, October 20. Still, Gillum thought it was in poor taste to avoid addressing him directly, and so in his retort, the burgeoning Democrat figured he’d call the President out for what he saw as an act of cowardice.

As RealClearPolitics points out, a number of polls currently have Gillum ahead of Republican rival, Ron DeSantis, in their race for Florida governor. Thus, President Trump made it a point to include the 39-year-old progressive in one of several posts he published highlighting a slate of GOP candidates he’s backing. He sought to characterize GOP opponents like Gillum as less than appealing options on the November ballot.

Trump rallied behind the likes of Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and North Dakota Rep. Kevin Gramer in his string of messages. He also championed Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona, only, in shining a light on the latter two candidates he also went above and beyond to slam the counterparts in their respective contests. The President suggested voters support Kemp over left-wing favorite Stacey Abrams because, as he put it, she is “totally unqualified.” He held Rep. McSally above Nancy Pelosi, whom he called a “puppet.” And he promoted DeSantis at the expense of Gillum.

President Trump’s shade towards Gillum was sure to provoke a response, as it was unquestionably more critical than remarks in any of the previous tweets were. He knocked Gillum for running “one of the worst [and] most corrupt cities in the USA,” and went to the length of fear mongering by asserting that under the Democrat’s leadership, Florida would devolve into the “next Venezuela!”

In a response that he would issue in the comments of the tweet minutes later, Gillum selected to forego an opportunity to sling mud back at Trump, selecting instead to question the fortitude it must have taken to speak of him when he wasn’t around to stick up for himself.

“When you lie about me from the most powerful office in the world and still don’t have the courage to @ me,” Mayor Gillum wrote.