Charlie Crist responds to Donald Trump dig
Charlie Crist may be facing some serious Republican competition, but he remains firmly in the fundraising lead. Image via Getty.

Charlie Crist
Trump criticized Crist on veterans' rights, despite signing a bill Crist lead for veteran treatment court programs.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist responded to President Donald Trump’s tweet endorsing his GOP opponent Anna Paulina Luna for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

Crist, who sent the tweet Thursday morning, pointed to the President’s enactment of one of the incumbent’s latest bills: the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act. Trump approved the bill a little less than two weeks ago.

“Mr. President, judging by your tweet you may have been busy or didn’t read my bill, but your signature enacted my bipartisan Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act 12 days ago,” Crist tweeted. “I’ll work with anyone to help our veterans— even you.”

The incumbent Democrat called attention to the legislation because Trump criticized Crist’s efforts on veterans’ rights.

“Great WIN Anna! Watched your race from beginning, very impressed,” Trump’s tweet reads. “Your next opponent, Charlie Crist, is a Pelosi puppet who is bad on Crime, our Military, Vets, & 2nd Amendment. You have my Complete & Total Endorsement!”

Trump announced endorsed Luna Tuesday night after she defeated Amanda Makki in the Republican primary.

Luna, a staunch Trump ally, will take on Crist in the November General Election.

Her win came in a quick turnaround leading up to the Primary Election. Luna defeated Makki, the GOP establishment favorite, with 36% of the vote. Makki earned just 29%.

Luna replied to the President’s tweet expressing gratitude, and saying she’ll help him “drain the swamp.”

“Our country needs fighters right now & elected officials that will not cave to the mob,” Luna wrote in a tweet. “I am not backing down & I have your back. I will work hard for Florida’s 13th district, that I can guarantee you, and the citizens of my district. We will win!”

Despite polling numbers originally predicting an easy victory for Makki, Luna garnered significant support in the critical stretch leading up to the primary.

Luna took the lead in contributions for the past two reporting periods, although Makki had stronger fundraising overall.

Luna will start her campaign against Crist with nearly $2.8 million less than the Democratic incumbent, who has $3.1 million on hand.

Despite Crist’s monetary advantage and incumbent status, the district is not quite safe. Democrats outnumber Republicans by only 26,678 voters, but there are more than 146,896 no party-affiliated or third-party voters among the district’s 512,570 voters. Pinellas went for former President Barack Obama in both his runs, but favored President Donald Trump in 2016.

Still, ousting Crist would be a monumental feat for Republicans. Crist easily crushed vocal hyper-conservative George Buck two years ago with 58% of the vote. Buck was also on the primary ballot again this year, but not without controversy, and received 26% of the vote.

Both Luna and Makki used their support for Trump throughout the campaign, but the two appealed to voters differently, reflected in their respective endorsements and campaign ads. It seems Luna’s more hard-hitting approach was successful in landing her the nomination.

Luna, who is a military veteran turned conservative media personality, sought to claim the far-right vote and ran as a vocal Trump ally.

She garnered endorsements from Trump supporters like U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz and Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk. And now, she’s earned an endorsement from the President himself.

“Pinellas Republicans affirmed what they told me on the campaign trail: they are ready for patriotic public servants and are done with career politicians and insiders,” Luna said. “I look forward to unifying the Republican Party and sharing our message of people before party, and country before politics with all voters in Pinellas. I am running to represent all people in Congress and give them the voice they deserve.”

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].



    August 20, 2020 at 3:10 pm


    First, screw Trump! He’s a defective, demented, degenerate.

    Second, if there’s any chance – ANY CHANCE WHATSOEVER – that a majority of voters in your congressional district would vote for Trump or a TrumpNut that Pres. ‘Bone Spurs’ has endorsed – then get the hell outta that district! Who the hell would want to represent a polyglot of TrumpNutz???

    Supporting a mafia crime family would be a step up from supporting the Trump Administration and its goombahs and other assorted enablers.

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 20, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Luna of the cannibal and pedophile group? ! So I get why Gaetz and Trump support the cannibal and pedophile believer! Cause she believes anything and nothing! Vote Blue!

  • carlos a villanueva

    August 20, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Should the fact that Trump acknowledges that people can be used as political puppets not want a politician to distance themselves from him. He is giving us an insight into his mind.Trunp knows he has puppets of his own. Who on earth wants to be degraded to that point? I own nothing and have nothing and I am extremely wealthy in happiness and love. I would not trade that for a title , money or to be anyones puppet.
    Politicians truly are sick minded individuals without any talent worthy of mentioning. Anyone that can speak and express a view point and garner money can become a politician. Big Deal.

  • Ron Ogden

    August 21, 2020 at 6:37 am

    FLAPOL to Rep. Crist: your invoice is available online.


    August 21, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Hey, Democrats out there, you all know there is Nobody even to come close to Friend Charlie Crist’s seat! Each time he votes, we know He is For Us in Florida. Big contrast with the sleazy republicans who somehow think we will Forget their crimes come Nov 3.


  • DisplacedCTYankee

    August 22, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Charlie had every right to hit back but I think that any response just feeds The Monster. But maybe implying that The Monster doesn’t read was worth it.

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