Newly-unearthed comments made by Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum’s running mate raise serious concerns about Gillum’s ever-mounting ties to blatant anti-Semitism.
Gillum selected 39-year-old Chris King, a progressive businessman from Orlando, in early September to be his lieutenant governor running mate.
After a recent report from The Washington Free Beacon revealed Gillum’s ties to “several prominent anti-Semitic organizations known for promoting boycotts of Jewish goods and individuals,” Gillum’s campaign now has to deal with remarks made by King in 1999.
In an article written by Jonathan Tilove, King complained about losing an election where he was running to be the president of the Harvard Undergraduate Council by blaming Jews.
“This could have never happened in the South,” King said. “I was nailed to the cross. And most of the editorial staff that was so hard on me, the vast majority were Jewish.”
King has admitted to making the anti-Semitic remarks, but claims that they are “at odds” with who he is and says that his comments were “hurtful” and “stupid.”
“Chris King’s comments are deeply disturbing,” said Stephen Lawson, a spokesman for GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, in a statement to The Daily Wire. “Unfortunately, it’s not surprising given Andrew Gillum’s associations with Dream Defenders and other Pro-BDS groups.”
“Ron DeSantis has been consistent and unwavering in his support for Israel, which is our country’s strongest ally,” Lawson continued. “The difference in this election couldn’t be clearer. Ron DeSantis will always stand with Israel. Andrew Gillum will not. Florida needs a Governor that will strengthen our partnership with Israel, not undermine it.”