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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 TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East 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 DeSantisElection Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight 'Hamilton' star aims to educate displaced Puerto Ricans about Florida voter ID laws De Blasio campaigns for Gillum while Florida Dem helps with Hurricane Michael recovery 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) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Live coverage: Cruz faces O'Rourke in Texas debate showdown Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP MORE (I-Vt.), unexpectedly edged out former Rep. Gwen GrahamGwendolyn GrahamOvernight 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 Green group backs Gillum in Florida governor race Rasmussen poll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 6 points in Florida governor’s race 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."