Gillum calls DeSantis out for dodging debate question about whether Trump is a 'good role model' for kids

Gillum calls DeSantis out for dodging debate question about whether Trump is a 'good role model' for kids
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Former GOP Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisTrump parts ways with key Florida adviser: report Death and destruction: A timeline of Hurricane Dorian How to take politics beyond charges of racism MORE (Fla.) on Sunday dodged a question about whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE is “a good role model for the children of Florida," drawing criticism from Democratic opponent Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in their first gubernatorial debate. 

DeSantis began his answer to the question by defending a viral campaign adin which he showed his support for Trump by teaching his kids to “build the wall” with blocks.

“I don’t actually read ‘The Art of the Deal’ to my son, Mason,” he said.

DeSantis then quickly pivoted to talking about the president’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

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DeSantis praised Trump for his follow-through on the campaign promise to move the embassy, but still declined to say if he is a good role model for kids.

“When you give your word and you follow through with it as an elected official, that is the model that we’re supposed to do,” DeSantis said. “To me, that was true leadership.”

Gillum then called DeSantis out for his answer by saying: “I’m confused by the question.”

After moderator Jake Tapper repeated it, Gillum drew laughs from the audience with his own response.

“That’s what I thought originally, I got confused,” Gillum said. “So, no he’s not! Donald Trump is weak, and he performs as all weak people do: They become bullies.”