Democratic candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum slammed former GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis (Fla.) in their first gubernatorial debate on Sunday after the Republican nominee dodged a question about whether President Trump is “a good role model for the children of Florida.”
DeSantis began his answer to the question by defending a viral campaign ad in which he showed his support for Trump by teaching his kids to “build the wall” with blocks.
“I don’t actually read ‘The Art of the Deal’ to my son, Mason,” he said.
DeSantis then quickly pivoted to talking about the president’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
DeSantis praised Trump for his follow-through on the campaign promise to move the embassy, but still declined to say if he is a good role model for kids.
“When you give your word and you follow through with it as an elected official, that is the model that we’re supposed to do,” DeSantis said. “To me, that was true leadership.”
Gillum then called DeSantis out for his answer by saying: “I’m confused by the question.”
After moderator Jake Tapper repeated it, Gillum drew laughs from the audience with his own response.
“That’s what I thought originally, I got confused,” Gillum said. “So, no he’s not! Donald Trump is weak, and he performs as all weak people do, they become bullies.”
This was the moment of the debate for me: @AndrewGillum gives the PERFECT reaction to DeSantis' weird answer about Trump being a role model for kids. Perfect. And hilarious. #FLGovDebate pic.twitter.com/wP608iIxIA
— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) October 22, 2018
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