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 John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll 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 DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGov. DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Sanders, Dems zero in on Super Tuesday Florida lawmakers pass bill requiring parental consent for abortions, governor expected to sign 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 ClintonSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' The problem with Trump's Middle East peace plan Trump's Intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE received 47.8 percent of the vote.

— Julia Manchester