The race between Republican congressman Ron DeSantis and Democratic Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum in Florida has been the most-watched gubernatorial contest in the nation as a President Trump-supporting conservative takes on a man he has accused of being a radical socialist progressive bent on making sweeping liberal changes in the Sunshine State.
Gillum likes to paint himself as not nearly as far to the left as that, but undercover video captured by Project Veritas reveals multiple staffers on his campaign and Florida Democratic Party workers admitting that he has has a far-left agenda in mind but makes up “fairy tales” to win over moderates and has no plans to fulfill many of his campaign promises once elected.
Veritas has a history of exposing dirty Democratic politics by sending in reporters undercover and getting key political figures and their staffers to spill the beans in front of hidden cameras. They did exactly that with Gillum’s campaign, starting with staffer Omar Smith, who was college buddies with the gubernatorial candidate.
In the video footage Veritas released on Wednesday, Smith can be heard agreeing that Gillum is counting on his corporate tax increase plan “to fund all the programs he wants to fund.” But he admitted that that tax increase “will never happen” under the Republican-controlled legislature, which would mean none of the funding for those programs would happen — but that should be kept a secret from voters.
“That’s not for them to know.”
“Let’s go back to Mr. Gillum’s platform, right?” he explained later. “Raise the corporate tax in Florida from 7 to 11 percent. That will never happen. Raise teacher’s pay to $50,000. That will never happen. Medicare for all. That will never happen.”
“Fairy tales in the old days begin with ‘once upon a time.’ Fairy tales in the modern day being with ‘once I am elected,’” he explained quite candidly.
Smith also described the progressivism that Gillum subscribes to, calling it “Medicare for all, borderline Socialism.”
“Gillum is a progressive. He is part of the crazy crazy crazies.”
Smith explained why the guy he is campaigning for has to act less progressive, because “this is a [expletived] up [expletive] state. You go to Port St. Lucie, Orlando...man them crackers ain’t gonna let us do that [expletive], dawg.”
“I’m like, y’all [expletives] crazy.”
“You have to appeal to white guilt,” he also said, concerning how to get more people to vote for Gillum, who is black.
Cliff Eserman of the Broward County Democratic Party agreed on camera that Gillum is misrepresenting himself as being toward the center when he’s much further left than people realized.
Broward County Commissioner Dale Holeness, who also works on Gillum’s campaign, says Gillum’s ultimate plan if he becomes Florida’s governor is to ban assault rifles and require full background checks and a three-day waiting period for anyone buying a gun.
But Gillum can’t reveal that intention to voters and must do things in “small steps,” Holeness admitted.
Adrian Young, a community engagement specialist for the Florida Democratic Party, agreed and unknowingly revealed to a Veritas undercover reporter that Gillum won’t tell voters he wants to ban assault rifles because “he’s trying to get the moderates and the gun-toting people in North Florida” to support him.
“He’s a progressive through and through,” bragged Gillum’s campaign field organizer Christian Rodriguez said, also explaining that Gillum hides that because he doesn’t want to scare away “independent votes,” “moderates,” and “everyone.”
Finally, Smith was asked by a Veritas reporter who Gillum gets people to support him if they are not progressives.
“Keep repeating the same story until it makes sense to them,” Smith replied matter-of-factly, adding later that “we can’t” let voters know what Gillum’s agenda is ahead of time.
If you do, “you alienate everybody.”
See for yourself in the video below (Parental warning: Two mild swear words and several bleeped-out expletives):
According to Politico, Andrew Gillum’s campaign just fired Smith in response to the Veritas video, claiming that, “These comments don’t reflect the mayor or what our campaign is about. The campaign has no tolerance for the comments made in the video and we have severed ties.”