Dan Bongino: Andrew Gillum’s radical manifesto doesn’t belong in Florida — or America


America’s men and women in law enforcement have fallen under attack by a fringe movement that seems focused on radically reinventing our way of life. However, the threat of that new reality is no longer just a faraway possibility, it’s a choice facing voters in the state of Florida right now — a choice that, come Nov. 6, will be made one way or the other.

Back in August, Tallahassee’s Mayor Andrew Gillum did something that seems rather easy to do in Florida: he shocked the political establishment and the pundit-class by upsetting the anointed Democratic front-runner. Now, as the Democrats’ unlikely nominee for Governor, Gillum is doubling down on his support to a radical, anti-police manifesto that calls for defunding police and releasing tens-of-thousands of criminals.

Dream Defenders is a group started after the Travon Martin shooting by an anti-America extremist. The group is now funded by George Soros and is recruiting and supporting wannabe-Socialist politicians like Gillum. The founder’s Twitter is peppered with statements like, “F— the police,” “F— the police until those cowards kill me,” and “I hope that I never have a buddy that becomes a Police Officer. I’ve realized I have a deep hate for all of them.”

And, this manifesto that Gillum pledged his allegiance to isn’t any more grounded than the tweets from the founder. It reads, “Police were never meant to protect and serve me and you … Police and prisons have no place in ‘justice’ … Police and prisons aren’t just racist, but they work to enforce the separations of rich and poor.”

To be blunt, this is exactly the kind of rhetoric that gets cops killed. A tragedy that Florida is well-too familiar with. Earlier this year, two Sheriff’s deputies were assassinated while eating lunch in Gilchrist County. Already this year, police deaths from shootings are up 13 percent, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Now, it’s important to remember, Gillum isn’t just some irrelevant fringe candidate. He’s the Democrat’s nominee for Governor of the third largest state in the country. This is not normal and it’s not acceptable.

Unfortunately, while this pledge may be the most offensive part of this campaign, it’s not the only thing that should concern every red-blooded American. As the Mayor of Tallahassee, he put his beliefs into practice. Year-after-year, Gillum rejected pleas for help from the city’s police. Now, after four years of having the highest crime and murder rates in the state, Tallahassee is ranked as one of the least safe cities in the entire country.

Crime isn’t even limited to the communities around City Hall. Gillum’s own administration has been under a multiyear, undercover FBI investigation into suspected corruption, bribes, and kickbacks to some of the Mayor’s closest allies, friends and family.

Believe it or not, this isn’t a script for the next John Grisham novel, this is Florida’s 2018 race for Governor. Luckily for all Americans, but especially for voters in Florida, he’s not the only choice.

Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee, is someone who worked his way through college, earned a law degree from Harvard, and then decided to put service in front of self and join the U.S. Navy to serve as a JAG officer. After being honorably discharged, he went on to serve as a federal prosecutor, putting criminals behind bars.

Then, as a member of Congress, he fought to hold government bureaucrats and politicians accountable. He rejected the congressional benefits and proposed the “No Budget, No Pay Act.” He also introduced Congressional Term Limits, because he understands there is nothing more corrupt than career politicians.

America may be in a tough time, facing challenges to the very fabric of our nation. However, just like the race for Governor of Florida, we have the choice to decide our future. We just need to go out, get involved and elect leaders like Ron DeSantis.


Dan Bongino, a conservative commentator and former agent of the U.S. Secret Service, who is supporting Ron DeSantis for Florida Governor. For more information on Bongino, please visit bongino.com/about-dan.

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  • Tony P.

    October 17, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Who the hell is this BOZO?? He offers nothing to back up his accusations only suppositions and misdirecting speech!!

    • Dennis

      October 17, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      The Bozos in your mirror!

    • Mike R

      October 17, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      Crawl out from under you rock. I live in GA and I’ve even heard how bad a choice Gillum is. Get prepared for state income taxes. He’s even said himself he will need more tax revenue to support the crap he wants to install.

    • Bill

      October 18, 2018 at 12:05 am

      He is a nutjob. Trust me. He works for the NRA. I don’t know why he’s being quoted here. I guess “FloridaPolitics.com” is kind of a 3rd-rate local website.

      • Dianne Jackson

        October 18, 2018 at 8:27 am

        He doesn’t work for the NRA and Gillum is the nut job. He will ruin our State. Gillum wants to get rid of ICE, have open boarders, sanctuary cities, increase taxes and have a state tax, less police officers, a confederation of states ie NY, CA, and IL, for health care and I could go on about how bad Gillum would be for Florida and our great country.

    • Rebecca

      October 18, 2018 at 8:54 am

      Instead of name-calling, do YOUR research. This is factual.

      • S Marks

        October 18, 2018 at 9:13 am

        Research a*shat! Gillum has said these things in public. You’ll be sorry if you don’t heed the warnings.

    • Ron Collins

      October 19, 2018 at 7:31 am

      Do the work. Then you decide. Although it looks like you’ve already swung left. Way left if you support gillum. Wonder what your history is. I have some ideas.

  • Bonnie Nettles

    October 17, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Gillum is Florida’s worst nightmare. Florida will be in a world of crap, if Bozo Gillum gets elected. Pray to God that Gillum does not get elected. We need Desantis.

  • Jim Bell

    October 18, 2018 at 3:47 am

    Tallahassee nothing but a blue shithole my sister lives there and her taxes have gone up so has the crime rate sense Gilliam been governor vote red Florida turning into another California!

  • Atomic Hillbilly

    October 18, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Trump should just declare that totalitarian political doctrines such as socialism, communism, globalism and islamism are so antithetical to the constitution that they should be banned from American politics.

    Let the pinkos argue for it in front of the Supreme Court.

    Force them to declare what their vague “utopia” is and is not.

    Then we can hold them accountable to it.

    Leftardism is unamerican and should be outlawed.

    • Scott Simmons

      October 21, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Amen to every word. It seems as if most voters are to ignorant to research. We will have another Obama situation, in which many will vote for him only because he is black.

  • Rick

    October 24, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Gillum has plans to spend $6 Billion on socialist programs. Who do you think will pay for that? It will be higher sales tax, state income tax, higher property tax and higher fees. He wants to eliminate guns, even handguns. He hates the police and wants to release prisoners onto the streets. He is being investigated by the FBI and it has been proven he took payoffs and gave contracts for them. He lied about it. Vote DeSantis.

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