'The Racists Believe He's a Racist': Florida Democratic Candidate Andrew Gillum Delivers a Devastating Blow in Gubernatorial Debate

'The Racists Believe He's a Racist': Florida Democratic Candidate Andrew Gillum Delivers a Devastating Blow in Gubernatorial Debate

In the Florida gubernatorial debate Wednesday even, Democrat Andrew Gillum delivered a deeply biting rebuke to Republican Ron DeSantis' troubling history of allying with demonstrated racists.


"First of all, he's got neo-Nazis helping him out in this state," said Gillum. "He has spoken at racist conferences. He's accepted a contribution — and would not return it — from someone who referred to the former president of the United States as a 'Muslim n - i - g - g - e - r.' When asked to return that money, he said no. He's using that money to now fund negative ads."

He continued: "Now, I'm not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist. I'm simply saying the racists believe he's a racist."

With that remark, cheers and claps came from the audience, prompting the moderator to ask them to settle down. Watch the clip below:

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