Apparently Andrew Gillum Doesn't Believe the 'Golden Rule' Applies to Him
Wasn't anyone else disgusted at the hypocrisy of Andrew Gillum's animal reference to his opponent during the debate Wednesday night?
The man who claims to have been so offended by Ron DeSantis' "monkey it up" comment at the start of the gubernatorial campaign turns around and callously refers to DeSantis as a dog. For a laugh.
"My grandmother used to say, 'a hit dog will holler,'" Gillum said when DeSantis lost his cool at being connected to accused racist David Horowitz.
Hypocrisy always gets my attention, but I was going to let this one go. Until the Washington Post published an entire story about grandma's old-saying, gleefully treating it like an innocuous, well-known proverb with a respectable history.
It isn't to me. Not in the context in which it was used.
To my knowledge, Andrew Gillum is the only candidate who actually has dehumanized an opponent by directly referring to him/her as an animal.
I just wish before he opened his mouth, the Tallahassee mayor would have tried putting the shoe on the other foot, and the media had been more inclined to call him out for failing to do unto others ...
But apparently, that's just me.
A shout-out, however, goes to Peter Schorsch at Florida Politics, who found some unsavory snark of his own in Gillum's debate demeanor. He wrote about it Thursday in "'Hurt' comment one of lowest moments of Andrew Gillum’s campaign."
DeSantis had been relentless in his attack on Gillum for Tallahassee's crime rate. Schorsch pointed out what happened next:
"Gillum joked that DeSantis might want to reconsider running for governor: 'The governor’s mansion’s in Tallahassee. I would hate for him to be hurt.'
"On a day when at least nine suspicious packages sent in recent days to public figures, including the Obama and Clinton families, and CNN’s New York bureau, Gillum cracked wise about a politician getting hurt," wrote Schorsch. "A politician, by the way, who last year had just left a Republican congressional baseball practice before a gunman started shooting at his teammates."
It was fair comment.