Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum are running very close to their Republican opponents. The other thing they have in common: they’re both black.
It’s a part of the reason Donald Trump is both nervous and attacked both during rallies in Pensacola, Florida and Macon, Georgia. 45 said that Abrams wants to kill the Second Amendment and, without evidence, called her not “qualified” to hold office.
On a Sunday morning program, Abrams called the comments “vapid and shallow.”
As for Gillum, while in Florida, Trump said he would ruin the state “that I live in.” He also called him a “socialist” and claims Tallahassee, the state he currently governs, as “one of the worst” cities in the country.
“In Rick [Scott]'s case, he's going against somebody that's falling asleep,” Trump said. “And in Ron's case he's going against somebody that's got a lot of energy [Gillum] but he runs one of the worst, one of the biggest problem cities anywhere in the country.”
“You don't want to have him running Florida, that I can tell you,” he continued. “They want to give away our country. They want to knock it down with a giant wrecking ball.”
The comments harken back to a slew of black political figures the president has referred to as “low IQ” or implying they are unintelligent. Both Gillum and Abrams are either tied or slightly leading the polls in their respective states.
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