It seems President Donald Trump has a tough time refraining from personal attacks on Black Democratic leaders.
The former “Apprentice” star sidestepped a major blunder on Monday during his speech at a Houston rally for ex-nemesis Sen. Ted Cruz. The POTUS wasted no time taking jabs at the Democratic party and started in on attacking Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who’s on track to make history as Florida’s first African-American governor if elected.
“The mayor who did one of the worst jobs of any mayor, other than the guy running for governor in Florida. He was a horrible mayor too,” Trump told the crowd of rally-goers. “Cory Booker. He destroyed what he did.”
It was initially thought that Trump may have confused the two men, seeing as they’re both African-American. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is actually the former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, while Gillum is the mayor in Florida running for governor.
In recent days, the president has launched verbal attacks against Black candidates facing off in gubernatorial elections across the U.S., dubbing them incompetent or “unqualified.” It was just last week that Trump endorsed Republican candidate Brian Kemp as Georgia’s next governor, saying the secretary of state has been “successful at whatever he’s done.”
Meanwhile, he argued that opponent Stacey Abrams was “totally unqualified” for the job.
“[She] would destroy a great state!” Trump tweeted.
The president took a similar Jab at Gillum this past weekend, calling the city of Tallahassee one of the “worst & most corrupt cities in [the] USA!”
Gillum called the president’s attack cowardly.
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