Trump tore into Gillum, who holds a narrow polling lead in the governor’s race, as a ‘socialist’ and said Tallahassee, where Gillum is mayor, was ‘one of the worst’ cities in the country.
The president also called the mayor ‘not equipped’ to be governor.
Trump said Gillum, who is locked in a dead-heat in the critical swing state, would ruin the state ‘that I live in’ – in a reference to Mar-a-Lago, where he has spent dozens of days as president.
Trump flew to Florida in hopes of taking down Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson, who faces Gov. Rick Scott, and also try to sway the governor’s race, where Gillum is facing former
‘In Ricks’ case he’s going against somebody that’s falling asleep. And in Ron’s case he’s going against somebody that’s got a lot of energy but he runs one of the worst, one of the biggest problem cities anywhere in the country,’ Trump said, slamming the state capital of Tallahassee.
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Pensacola International Airport, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Pensacola, Fla.
‘You don’t want to have him running Florida, that I can tell you,’ Trump said, focusing on the race where Gillum would make history if he wins to become the first black governor of the southern state.
‘They want to give away our country. They want to knock it down with a giant wrecking ball,’ Trump said.
Trump went after Gillum by saying he would destroy Florida, where Trump owns Mar-a-Lago, a luxury property in West Palm Beach he has visited regularly as president.
‘He’ll destroy this state that I love. And that I live in. I’m here all the time. This is my home also,’ Trump said.
Trump had visited Mar-a-Lago 17 times through June.
Trump returned to Gillum again and again throughout his remarks.
He claimed Gillum ‘pledged his support to end all borders. You believe that? End borders … So when you have people camping out on your front lawn, remember Gillum,’ Trump said.
He also called him ‘not equipped’ to be governor.
‘Andrew Gillum is not equipped to be your governor. He’s just not equipped. It’s not for him. It’s not for him. He knows it. He won’t say it. But he knows it,’ Trump said.
‘We gotta keep this state great. You’re gonna make it even greater if you do Ron, and otherwise it’s gonna be problems like you never imagined He’s not equipped to be your governor,’ Trump told DeSantis.
DeSantis joined the attack when Trump invited him to the mics, invoking an FBI sting operation where texts show he accepted ‘Hamilton’ tickets from an agent.
‘I’ve never had my palms greased by an undercover agent,’ said DeSantis, who trails slightly in polling averages.
Trump pointed to boxing great Evander Holyfield in the crowd and brought former Florida State boxing coach Bobby Bowden to the microphone.
Florida Democratic Party chair Terrie Rizzo responded: ‘A day after Democrats held a rally with President Barack Obama laying out their vision for a better future for Florida, Donald Trump once again led Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis’ campaign of lies and fear.’
Rizzon continued: ‘Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott have launched baseless attacks on Mayor Gillum and Senator Nelson to distract from the fact that DeSantis and Scott will rip healthcare away from millions of Floridians. With 3 days left to election day, this Republican ticket made it clear, they have no plans to make Florida a better place for working families.’
Before Trump even took the stage, GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz hailed Trump as ‘the greatest jobs president that God has ever created.’
United States President Donald Trump attends a campaign rally, ahead of midterm elections, at Pensacola International Airport in Florida, U.S., November 3, 2018
He led the crowd in chants of ‘build that wall’ and delivered a message to the immigrant caravan: ‘Trump is our president. We will turn you back. You are not coming!’ he said.
The Florida Senate race is essentially tied. Gov. Rick Scott led incumbent Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson by a single percentage point, 49 to 48, in the latest St. Petersburg Times poll.
Trump also used his Twitter account to go after yet another Democratic incumbent, Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana.
‘Rumor has it that Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana is paying for Facebook ads for his so-called opponent on the libertarian ticket. Donnelly is trying to steal the election? Isn’t that what Russia did!?’ Trump wrote.
Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden joined the rally
The Indiana Democratic Party chair John Zody responded that the ads ‘are perfectly legal, factual and accurately represent [independent] Lucy Brenton’s anti-tax record.’
“The ads highlighting how Lucy Brenton is the true conservative in the Indiana Senate race are paid for by the Indiana Democratic Party. They are perfectly legal, factual, and accurately represent Lucy Brenton’s anti-tax record. These ads draw attention to Rep. Braun’s record of voting to raise taxes on Hoosiers dozens of times as a State Representative while writing legislation to give himself tax breaks,’ Zody said, WNDU reported.
Earlier, Trump defended his decision to close the campaign focusing on red meat issues like the caravan, vowing to change political asylum, hold asylum seekers in tent cities, and end ‘birthright citizenship’ that previously has been ensured by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
‘You can only say so many times that we created 250,000 jobs last month,’ Trump said, following Democratic and never-Trump Republican critics who charge him with fear-mongering.
‘When we’re fixing a problem or fixed a problem there’s no reason to go on about it for 45 minutes,’ Trump said.
President Donald Trump held a pair of campaign rallies Saturday in an effort to unseat two Democrats, flying to Montana and Florida
Trump flew to Pensacola after starting his day in Indianapolis and jetting to Montana to try to take down another Democrat, Sen. Jon Tester.
At his Montana event, afurious President Donald Trump unloaded on one of Brett Kavanaugh’s ‘Jane Doe’ accusers who has since recanted her rape claim, blasting her as a ‘fake’ at a Montana rally and implying others accusers weren’t telling the truth.
Trump brought up the woman, Judy Munro-Leighton, who claimed Kavanaugh raped her but later admitted she made up the claim, at a campaign stop where he blasted Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, who opposed Kavanaugh and has become a Trump nemesis.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley has asked the FBI to investigated the accuser.
‘One of his [Kavanaugh’s] false accusers just came out, a little while ago, and said it’s all a lie… she made up the lie… It was fake,’ Trump told the crowd.
‘You know what fake means?…She lied about rape…. When are the others going to say what happened?’ he added.
That line could suggest that other accusers, such as Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, weren’t telling the whole story.
Saturday the president lashed out at a woman who admitted to falsely accusing Justice Brett Kavanaugh of raping her and questioned the other accusers when he tweeted ‘What about the others’ early Saturday morning
On Friday Senator Chuck Grassley referred false Kavanaugh accuser Judy Munro-Leighton to the Department of Justice for investigation after she said she wrote a letter to the Committee claiming she was raped by Judge Kavanaugh then on Thursday recanted and said she wasn’t
Ford delivered emotional testimony before the Judiciary Committee. Munro-Leighton’s ‘Jane Doe’ accusations were not given nearly the same weight. She was not asked to testify and lawmakers didn’t treat her claim as credible. Kavanaugh flat-out denied her claim in a phone interview with staff soon after Sen. Kamala Harris of California turned over her letter.
Then the president tried to turn it into a political rallying cry. ‘She lied about the story about rape. About rape, she lied. And we’re supposed to sit back and take it,’ Trump said. ‘It’s a damn disgrace,’ he added.
‘Imagine if he dropped out because of a filthy, dirty lie,’ Trump said.
‘Your Senator, Tester, what he did to now Justice Kavanaugh – the Democrats, it was terrible.’
Trump is on a mission to take down Tester, who helped kill the nomination of former White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson to be Veterans Affairs secretary.
Tester ‘tried to destroy’ Ronny Jackson, Trump said.
‘That’s why I’m here,’ he said. ‘I’ve never forgotten it and it’s honestly one of the reasons I’m here so much,’ Trump acknowledging, having been to Montana weeks earlier. ‘It’s a disgrace, what he did to that man.’
Trump earlier lashed out at Democrats and attacked Munro-Leighton on twitter following the news that she admitted to federal authorities that she made up the claims about Kavanaugh because she was ‘angry’ and she wanted to hurt his political career.
Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning writing ‘A vicious accuser of Justice Kavanaugh has just admitted that she was lying, her story was totally made up, or FAKE!’
In his original tweet, he misspelled Kavanaugh as Kavanough. That tweet has since been deleted, corrected, and re-shared.
His corrected tweet went on to say: ‘Can you imagine if he didn’t become a Justice of the Supreme Court because of her disgusting False Statements. What about the others? Where are the Dems on this?’