Gillum says Trump made voters 'feel seen and heard'

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "Rising" that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE won key states like Florida in the 2016 election because he made voters feel like they were being seen and listened to. 

“I think this is something nationally Democrats have to learn about Donald Trump and his base of supporters, and that is, you’re talking about a group of people who have made the conclusion that they are no longer seen, no longer heard, no longer spoken to," Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Saturday. 

"In the politics of today, they found a candidate who spoke directly to them," he continued. 

"Whether they agree with him on everything is really not the question. People feel seen and heard, and so along the course of this campaign, the reason why I have said, and I have actually gone everywhere is because there are our voters out there who similarly feel that they’re not being seen, not being heard, not being reflected in today’s politics, and they want to know that you’re going to speak for them too," he said. 

Polls show Gillum locked in a tight race with former Rep. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisTop Florida Democrat calls on FBI to investigate DeSantis over vaccine distribution Rick Scott caught in middle of opposing GOP factions Florida Keys enclave, home to political donors, received COVID-19 vaccine as rest of state struggled MORE (R-Fla.), who has tied himself closely to Trump throughout the campaign. 

A survey from St. Pete Polls released on Monday showed Gillum leading DeSantis by one point. 

Trump won the Sunshine State with 49 percent of the vote in 2016, while his Democratic opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton brings up 'Freedom Fries' to mock 'cancel culture' Edie Falco to play Hillary Clinton in Clinton impeachment series White House defends Biden's 'Neanderthal thinking' remark on masks MORE received 47.8 percent of the vote.

— Julia Manchester