Florida Democrats running for governor continue to try to capitalize on the controversy surrounding President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy pertaining to illegal immigrants.
The latest is gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine who released a new ad (see below) Thursday called “Humanity,” in which Levine is critical of what he calls Trump’s “inhumane and cruel policies that have separated thousands of children from their parents.”
“As a dad, I’m appalled by what’s happening to children on America’s southern never thought we’d see this kind of inhumanity, or a President who wallows in it,” Levine says in the ad. ”We learned from the past that intolerance breeds inhumanity. And that the only way to stop it, is to refuse to accept it.”
The Levine campaign says it will start with a five-figure digital buy and will expand the buy into the South Florida media market with another five-digit buy.
Another Democrat running for governor blasted Trump Wednesday afternoon accusing the president of child abuse. Jeff Greene made the comment while he was in Tallahassee to qualify for the governor’s contest.
Nearly 100 of those children who have been separated from their parents have been housed at a shelter in Homestead.
“What he’s doing is child abuse,” Greene asserted. “Their lives have been traumatized and we’re better than that as a country.”
At least four of the Democratic candidates, Levine, Chris King, Andrew Gillum and Gwen Graham, plan to take part in a demonstration Saturday in Homestead to protest the president’s immigration policies.
“This issue is bigger than any of our individual campaigns and we can send a louder message to @realDonaldTrump by standing together to resist it.,” Graham said in a Twitter post on Wednesday.
.@MayorLevine, @AndrewGillum, @ChrisKingFL and @JeffGreeneFL, we should do this together. This issue is bigger than any of our individual campaigns and we can send a louder message to @realDonaldTrump by standing together to resist it. https://t.co/1o7cwleJio
— Gwen Graham (@GwenGraham) June 20, 2018
“President Trump’s policy to rip families apart is cruel, bigoted and un-American and (Homeland Security) Secretary Nielsen should resign immediately,” King said in a written statement. “I will do everything in my power to make sure Florida is a safe and welcoming place for immigrants –– including my refusal to send Florida National Guard troops to the southern border to support family separation.”