Trump hits Gillum: Florida doesn’t need ‘failed Socialist Mayor’ as governor

Trump hits Gillum: Florida doesn’t need ‘failed Socialist Mayor’ as governor
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE on Wednesday lashed out at Florida gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum (D) following his stunning win in the Florida Democratic primary Tuesday night.

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The president in a tweet said that Florida doesn’t need a "failed Socialist Mayor" to serve as the state's governor, referencing Gillum's progressive platform, while expressing support for Gillum's opponent, Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida secretary of state who resigned apologizes for blackface photos The Hill's Morning Report — Trump complicates border wall negotiations Parkland parents ask Pulitzer panel to honor local paper for school shooting coverage MORE (R).

"Not only did Congressman Ron DeSantis easily win the Republican Primary, but his opponent in November is his biggest dream....a failed Socialist Mayor named Andrew Gillum who has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city," Trump tweeted. "This is not what Florida wants or needs!"  

Gillum, the mayor of the state capital, Tallahassee, will face off with DeSantis in November's general election.

DeSantis is a Trump loyalist who the president endorsed in the Republican primary. 

Trump sent a separate tweet Tuesday night congratulating DeSantis after his overwhelming primary win against over Adam Putnam, who was at one point favored to win the GOP primary before Trump came out swinging for the Florida congressman. 

"Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida," the president tweeted on Tuesday evening. "Ron will be a fantastic Governor. On to November!" 

Gillum, who campaigned on a progressive agenda and won the backing of Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHillicon Valley: New York says goodbye to Amazon's HQ2 | AOC reacts: 'Anything is possible' | FTC pushes for record Facebook fine | Cyber threats to utilities on the rise O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation Amazon to pay Bernie Sanders in federal income taxes: report MORE (I-Vt.), unexpectedly edged out former Rep. Gwen GrahamGwendolyn GrahamJimmy Buffett takes musical shots at Trump during concert Jimmy Buffett hosting free Florida concert to support Gillum, Nelson Overnight Energy: Warren bill would force companies to disclose climate impacts | Green group backs Gillum in Florida gov race | Feds to open refuge near former nuke site MORE (D-Fla.) in the primary, drawing comparisons to the stunning June primary victory of Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over a longtime incumbent in New York. 

If elected, Gillum would be the first black governor in Florida's history.

"What has made Andrew’s campaign so powerful is that he’s not just working hard to win an election, he has laid out a vision for a new course for the state of Florida and our country," Sanders said in a statement. "No one person can take on the economic and political elites on their own."