That one word has completely consumed Gwen Graham’s campaign and her supporters and it has been fun to watch!
How can a candidate claim to be tough on guns, stand up to the Republicans on education or anything else for that matter, yet crumble over the word “skank?"
Never mind, this same group of people were overjoyed when Hillary Clinton rightly or wrongly called half the country "deplorables."
Never mind, this same group of people has called members of their own party, such as Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Corinne Brown, Fredericka Wilson, etc. “skanks.”
They’ve called Melania Trump "skank" on a regular basis.
Never mind, these same groups of people have called Bernie Sanders every name except the child of God!
They are clutching their pearls and losing their lunch because I called Gwen Graham a skank!
Ha! What’s even funnier is that this same group of people are the first to say how “irrelevant” I am. (So irrelevant that Gwen Graham came to me seeking advice.)
Then, why are they so upset about what I say? Nothing I say should matter, right? My words shouldn’t break the Florida Democratic Party Internet like this.
They hang on my every word. I know it, they know it!
They called on Andrew Gillum to denounce me. Why? I don’t work for his campaign. He doesn’t control what I say or do. Let’s say he denounces that. I’m just going to come back and call her something else. Then what are they going to do?
See how that works? I control me. I don’t have an overseer. This is not the plantation, although I know Democrats like to think it is. I’m a free black woman, Democrats! You control nothing over here!
I know it bothers you, but not every black Democrat belongs to you!
The reality of the situation is this:
The media have been biased against Andrew Gillum.
I have received several calls from Florida journalists and politicos who admitted that what I said regarding “in the tank for that skank” was right on the money.
Gwen Graham flip-flopped on guns.
Gwen Graham cast votes inconsistent with Democrats (Keystone, Syrian refugees, ObamaCare).
Gwen Graham took money from shady characters.
Gwen Graham took money from Blue Dog PAC, during a time when the Blue Dog PAC took money from the NRA.
None of that was reported on in the same manner that Andrew Gillum has been reported on.
Here is another reality to deal with for those clutching their pearls.
I have received a lot of correspondence saying if Gwen Graham is the eventual nominee, it’s going to be a repeat of 2016 for a large number of black voters.
They won’t vote for her.
They’d rather leave the governor’s race blank.
That’s just how much they don’t like her.
One person said she has lived with a Republican governor for the last 20 years. Four more won’t matter if she has to vote for Gwen Graham.
You know what I told her?
It isn’t my job to convince her to vote for Gwen Graham if she doesn’t want to!
I’ve received a lot of messages similar to that.
Face it. People feel COMFORTABLE telling me the truth.
When I said the same thing in 2016 about Hillary Clinton, people chose not to believe me. Guess what? 209,000 black voters stayed home. Countless others left the president slot blank or voted for Mickey Mouse or Harambe.
Choose not to believe me this time.
It matters not to me.
Now keep clutching your pearls over skank.
Keep letting me break the Florida Democratic Party Internet.
It’s fun to watch.
Leslie Wimes, a Sunshine State News columnist, is founder and president of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus, www.daawc.com. Follow Leslie on Twitter: @womenonthemove1