Candidates for Florida governor debated for the first time on live television Sunday night on CNN. Democrat Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis turned their meeting into a political blood bath for the Republican, who took every opportunity to sling mud and distort facts.
From the environment to crime to race relations, Gillum had all the bases covered as DeSantis dodged questions, blatantly lied and pointed fingers. In one of the most bizarre moments, DeSantis claimed Steven Alembik, a donor to his campaign who called Barack Obama a “Muslim n***er,” made a “mistake” using the n-word. The n-word is an accidental slip up now? See the below:
Don’t believe us? Social media sounded off with reactions that overwhelmingly haded the debate victory to Gillum while exposing DeSantis as supremely unqualified. See below for more.
Gillum: Florida needs to go solar. Repeats his line that under him Florida will have a governor who believes in science— David Smiley (@NewsbySmiley) October 22, 2018
Andrew Gillum called Ron DeSantis out on them outside corporate donors. #FLGovDebate— 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚝-𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚜 (@travisfromthebk) October 22, 2018
"Florida voters need to know that they will be electing a governor who believes in science. Something they haven't had in a long time....Ron Desantis is an election day environmentalist." - Andrew Gillum. #FLGovDebate pic.twitter.com/6jzoosD5TA— Maria💚🙌🧡 (@dolfanria13) October 22, 2018
It is really starting to upset me that Ron DeSantis keeps calling Andrew Gillum "Andrew". They aren't on a first name basis. This is so disrespectful. Call him Mr. Gillum, Mayor Gillum, or Andrew Gillum. #FLGovDebate— Harry Kaufer the Jake Debrusk fan (@HarryKaufer) October 22, 2018