Democratic candidate for Florida governor and Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum responded to reports that he unethically accepted Hamilton tickets from an undercover FBI agent.
He maintained his innocence and argued that Republicans were attempting to reinforce “stereotypes about black men,” by bringing up the accusations.
You’re not allowed to call him out for lying and potentially being corrupt or you are a racist.
.@AndrewGillum (1) took a bribe from an undercover FBI agent; (2) lied about it on @cnn w @jaketapper, then, amazingly (3) says this is really the fault of Republicans because he is a black man. #sayfie pic.twitter.com/F9dElsTXAo
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) October 24, 2018
Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum attempted to turn the tables on Republicans Wednesday in response to damning new reports that he lied about obtaining Broadway tickets from an undercover FBI agent.
Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, claimed in a short video address to his supporters that he is being targeted by Republicans because he is black.
“The Republicans obviously want to distract, want to suggest. All along throughout this … they’ve wanted the people of this state to believe somehow I haven’t deserved what I’ve gotten, I’m unethical, participated in illegal and illicit activity. I mean, you name it,” Gillum said.
“The goal is obviously to use my candidacy as a way to reinforce, frankly, stereotypes about black men.”
Text messages made public Tuesday showed that in 2016, Gillum and a friend, a lobbyist named Adam Corey, received tickets to the Broadway show “Hamilton” from an FBI agent posing as a real estate developer. More
Is this @AndrewGillum guy trying to blame his race for his bad behavior? I think he is! As a man I’d have more respect for him if he just said “yeah I took the tickets and enjoyed the show. Thank you very much FBI.” But no, instead we get this weasel. Just what Florida needs…
— Hunter Thorpe (@Spiffmanspace) October 24, 2018
Wake up Florida…vote against the lies and rhetoric. Vote Republican to keep taxes from going through the roof, to prevent Florida from becoming a sanctuary state, and maintain the benefits of our booming economy. One California is enough. Please!!!
— Shawna Higgins PhD, RN, CHC (@shawna_higgins7) October 25, 2018
If he broke the law, he should be indicted and the issue decided in court. The FBI investigated this, and indicted City Commissioner Scott Maddox, but not Gillum, so they decided he didn’t break the law, but Gaetz is trying to convict him in the court of public opinion.
— Mike Marler (@MikeDMarler) October 24, 2018
This was an extensive FBI operation where undercover agents were tasked with setting up pay to play arrangements with Gillum’s office and advisors, a few of whom have been indicted. The fact that you’re a low information dolt reveals more about how YOU view…oh why bother.
— 0800DaffodilC (@0800_c) October 24, 2018
— St Obama of Asissy (@Saint_Obama) October 25, 2018
Socialism is bad for Florida and the entire nation. Gillum has failed as mayor of Tallahassee. Let’s not let him fail us at the state level too.
Typical of today’s liberals, first lie, then if that doesn’t work, play the race card and blame the other guy.
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