Andrew Gillum: 'Nothing admirable or respectable' about Donald … – Florida Politics (blog)
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum bills himself as the Democrat who is not afraid to be a Democrat and Thursday night he showed a gathering of University of Central Florida students he’s not afraid to call out President Donald Trump.
Challenged by a student who identified himself as not a Democrat who wanted to hear Gillum say something nice about Republicans, particularly Trump, the Tallahassee mayor praised the dignity of both Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush and even grudgingly complimented former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
But Gillum refused to compliment Trump, essentially saying there was nothing admirable about him, not even for a Republican, except to “unite us in opposition.”
“He has united reasonable-thinking people on the left and on the right to oppose his hatred, his vitriol, his division, his derision, and his inability to be adult,” Gillum said. “He’s already proven he’s uniquely unqualified for the position.”
Gillum insisted he himself is a political optimist, but added, “You can’t get there without also calling out where we are. It’s important to acknowledge where this state has slid to, and where it has slid away from.”
This was Gillum’s fourth stop in his “Back to School” tour of college campuses this week, the second on Thursday, after Stetson University in DeLand. He openly sought try to mobilize college students to join he called “The G Unit,” to try to engage early dialogue and outreach among a segment of voters notorious for not voting. His appearance before about 100 people at UCF, not all of whom were students, was organized by the UCF College Democrats.
Gillum ran through his biography and Democratic platform, strong support for public education and the environment, confronting issues associated with climate change, restoration of voting rights for felons, promotion of solar energy industry, appreciation