Backed candidate's 'monkey' comment draws fire in Florida race

GOP Senate candidates in Arizona embrace Trump

GOP Senate candidates in Arizona embrace Trump

That's not going to work.

Gillum rebuked in an interview with Politico: "I believe that Florida and its rich diversity are going to be looking for a governor who's going to bring us together, not divide us".

America's Newsroom host Sandra Smith released a statement in response to the backlash.

The chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, Terrie Rizzo, tweeted that it's "disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles".

Some recent memes posted to the group directly addressed criticism levied against DeSantis earlier this week.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a political action committee, decried the "use of Trump-like racist comments" as "despicable" _ and also said it was sending out a fundraising email to 1 million supporters nationwide in an attempt to raise money off the comment.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Jackson said DeSantis' comment was "clearly a race-based message".

Trump welcomed DeSantis's victory in Florida and criticized Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, the Florida capital. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd", Lawson said by email.

The gloves are already off. Mr. Trump called Gillum a "failed socialist" on Twitter Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, authorities have filed charges against the dead boy's father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj , and his partner, Jany Leveille. However, charges leveled against them on Friday, in connection to the death of a missing 3-year-old boy, remained.

DeSantis based almost his entire primary run on Trump and acknowledged his endorsement was the key. "I don't think there's any other way to interpret it".

Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) saying he doesn't condone the Florida gubernatorial candidate's controversial remarks in "any way".

Gillum, the liberal mayor of state capital Tallahasee, won a surprising victory in the Democratic primary for Florida governor, and has said he hopes to motivate younger progressives and minority voters who normally sit out non-presidential elections.

Andrew Gillum, the city's mayor and now the Democratic nominee for Governor, has repeatedly said he is not a target of the investigation.

Both Trump and DeSantis have likened Gillum's policy positions to "socialism".

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report, Leon County did see a spike in murders in 2017 reaching a record high of 22, but nearly every other number was lower. Gillum also starts with a large percentage of Republican voters, 37 percent, who say they have no opinion of him yet. Gillum did not directly answer that they were, but insinuated it.

Trump on Twitter said that not only did DeSantis win but that "his opponent in November is his biggest dream". "An entity that has not been tarnished in the same way as ICE has", Gillum responded. Gillum in his remarks to supporters on election night said he and supporters would seek to counter the "dark days that we've been under coming out of Washington".

Gillum has 84 percent of the vote of black voters and 61 percent of Hisapanic voters, while DeSantis hs 54 percent of the white voters. Gillum won the Democratic nomination in an upset.

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