Trump Calls Black Candidate for Governor of Florida a 'Thief' on Twitter

The Florida Democratic Party announced Monday that Obama will come to Miami Nov. 2 to campaign with both U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Gillum

FILE PHOTO: US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on October 27, 2018
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U.S. President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama are coming to Florida in the final days of the 2018 campaign.

Trump tweeted an attack on Democratic nominee for governor Andrew Gillum on Monday morning: "In Florida there is a choice between a Harvard/Yale educated man named @RonDeSantisFL who has been a great Congressman and will be a great Governor - and a Dem who is a thief and who is Mayor of poorly run Tallahassee, said to be one of the most corrupt cities in the Country!"

Last week a white supremacist group was discovered to be behind a racist and anti-Semitic robocall targeting Gillum.

The call, which went out on Tuesday, refers to the African-American politician as a “negro” and features a monkey screeching. A voice impersonating Gillum, the Democrat mayor of Tallahassee, also claims that “all the Jews” will vote for Gillum because they want black people to rule over whites.

“It was the Jews who owned the slave trade and brought us negroes to America … and they the ones that been putting negroes in charge over the white folk, just like they done after the Civil War,” the voice says.

The group behind the call, The Road To Power, also was behind a similar call targeting Gillum in September. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the organization has produced racist and anti-Semitic robocalls across the country.

The Florida Democratic Party announced Monday that Obama will come to Miami Nov. 2 to campaign with both U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Gillum.

The Trump campaign announced Sunday that President Trump would hold a Nov. 3 rally in Pensacola. Trump was already scheduled to visit Fort Myers this coming Wednesday.

Gov. Rick Scott and Republican nominee for governor Ron DeSantis said they plan to be at the Fort Myers rally.

Democrats are trying to win back the governor’s mansion after it has been in GOP hands for 20 years. Scott is challenging Nelson in a race that could determine control of the U.S. Senate.