Midterms 2018

Progressive Agenda on Horizon if Florida Voters Choose Gillum

Democrats' gubernatorial nominee wants to abolish ICE, impeach 'bigot' Trump, and enact 'Medicare-for-all'

Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mayor Robert Gillum of Tallahassee supports impeaching President Donald Trump, abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, and backing taxpayer-funded ‘Medicare-for-all,’ including illegal aliens.

“I absolutely do,” Gillum replied when asked Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day” if he supports impeaching Trump. “I think he’s already incriminated himself by interfering with the Department of Justice (DOJ), firing [former FBI Director James] Comey of whom I’m no fan of. But, basically, obstructing justice.”

Gillum — who is actively backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and liberal funder George Soros — contends Democrats should not run “on a platform of impeachment.” The issue is sure to come up often, however, because Gillum’s Republican opponent, Rep. Ron DeSantis, is among Trump’s most visible and vigorous defenders.

To become Florida’s first African-American gubernatorial nominee, Gillum pulled off a stunning upset victory Tuesday against former Rep. Gwen Graham (D-Fla.). Besides Sanders and Soros, Gillum also enjoys support from socialist New York congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old first-time political candidate who defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), the heavily funded chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

The Trump-backed DeSantis and Gillum — both 39 — will face off on November 6.

Trump targeted Gillum Wednesday on Twitter, writing, “Not only did Congressman Ron DeSantis easily win the Republican Primary, but his opponent in November is his biggest dream … a failed Socialist Mayor named Andrew Gillum, who has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city. This is not what Florida wants or needs!”

Although Gillum does not identify as a Democratic socialist, his policies are in lockstep with the far-Left progressive wing of his party.

Gillum supports Sanders’ “Medicare-for-all” health care plan and a “comprehensive immigration overhaul that includes abolishing ICE in its current form,” according to his website.

“We want to replace ICE with the Department of Justice, an entity that has not been tarnished in the same way as ICE has,” Gillum told CNN’s John Berman.

“I am a champion for treating health care as a right and not a privilege. That’s absolutely right,” Gillum replied when asked about supporting “Medicare-for-all.” “And as governor, it’s my job to deliver that.”

Gillum also dismissed Trump and DeSantis as “misogynists,” “racists” and “bigots,” claiming that both men are “scraping from the bottom of the barrel.”

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“DeSantis can do the bidding of big business, and big lobbyists, and Donald Trump in his divisive rhetoric. I’m going to be here to do the business of the people of the state of Florida. That’s the job of the governor of this state,” Gillum said.

After suffering resounding losses across the board during the 2016 elections, the Democratic Party has struggled to rally around a unifying message combating Trump’s “Make America Great Again” and “America First” policies — all while the gap between its progressive and Establishment factions continues to widen. And with Gillum’s nomination, the progressive faction has once again gained the upper hand within the party.