Andrew Gillum’s advises diversity to Ron DeSantis
A day after conceding Florida’s gubernatorial contest, Democrat Andrew Gillum offered advice to victor Ron DeSantis as he names an administration.
“Very quickly,” Gillum said, “bring in a diverse set of people.”
In an interview today with AM Joy on MSNBC, host Joy Reid asked what DeSantis should do after an election in which racial divides played a huge role, from DeSantis’ post-primary “Monkey This Up” moment to Gillum’s debate assertion that “racists believe he’s a racist.”
Gillum said he remains concerned whether DeSantis has done enough to distance himself from fringe elements of the party.
“I was really disappointed to see him appoint Matt Gaetz to the transition team,” Gillum said.
Specifically, he called out Rep. Gaetz, a Panhandle Republican, for inviting Holocaust denier Chuck Johnson to the 2018 State of the Union.
“I don’t know if he is a known neo-Nazi,” Gillum said of Johnson, but he was “someone whose values are inconsistent, I would suggest, with a majority of people in my state.”
DeSantis invited Gillum for a summit to speak about the state’s future.
And as rhetoric escalated post-election about the U.S. Senate recount, The New York