Monday, October 15, 2018
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Florida governor candidates react to President Trump’s ‘s—hole’ remark

Stop me if you've heard this one before: President Trump said something controversial.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump reportedly said Thursday in the Oval Office during a bipartisan meeting with Senators about immigration policy.

Reactions to Trump's remarks came pouring in from all over the world Thursday and early Friday. World leaders in Africa called the remark 'racist,' 'abhorrent' and 'extremely offensive.' Haitian immigrants in Tampa said the comments showed 'ignorance.' Even Gov. Rick Scott, a longtime Trump ally, strongly disavowed Trump's remarks.

Here's how the Florida candidates for governor reacted:

Democrats 

Chris King: 'Trump's remarks are cruel' 

King also issued a release in which he highlighted his own philanthropic work in Haiti and Africa.

Andrew Gillum: Trump's comments are 'disgusting and repulsive'

Philip Levine: Trump's remarks 'degrade immigrants'

Gwen Graham: Trump's comments 'sicken me'

Republicans

Adam Putnam: 'I do not agree with the comments'

"I agree with Governor Scott. If the reports are accurate, I do not agree with the comments made about countries whose people are an important part of our communities today and have made positive contributions to our culture and economy," Putnam said in a statement.

Richard Corcoran: Trump's remarks 'have no place in our public discourse'

In a joint, bipartisan statement with state House leaders, Corcoran said, "If the remarks attributed to President Trump are accurate, they have no place in our public discourse. America's greatness is self-evident, we do not need to tear down other nations. The leadership of the Florida House celebrates our diversity."

Ron DeSantis

A spokesman for Rep. DeSantis did not respond to a request for comment.

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