Yesterday, DNC Chair Tom Perez, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo, and U.S. Representative Val Demings held a virtual press conference marking five years since Donald Trump launched his campaign for president with a discussion on his failed leadership on jobs, health care, and racial justice. They also discussed Trump’s ego-driven decision to move his RNC convention acceptance speech to Jacksonville and his weak response to the national protests demanding an end to police brutality against Black Americans.
Yesterday’s call helped launch the DNC’s five-week campaign to mark the five-year anniversary of Trump’s candidacy. To kick off this campaign, the DNC War Room released a new television and digital ad campaign running in battleground states, including Florida.
Florida Politics: “National and Florida Democratic leaders condemned President Donald Trump‘s effort to move his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention to Jacksonville, calling it an “ego gratification” at the cost of public health. In a press call Tuesday, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo, and Orlando’s Rep. Val Demings, who might become the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee, blasted Trump for that move and pretty much everything else he has done, up to and including the executive order he signed Tuesday calling for police reform.”
CBS News: “Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and Congresswoman Val Demings of Florida weighed in on the president’s executive order on policing during a press call on Tuesday with the Florida Democratic Party, where the party scrutinized the president’s record.”
Orlando Sentinel: “In a conference call with Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez and state party chair Terrie Rizzo marking the five-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, Demings said a victory for Trump in November would mean ‘surviving four more years of divisiveness and complete chaos.’”
Florida Phoenix: “Top Florida Democrats were largely unmoved Tuesday by President Trump’s new executive order on police misconduct, saying it didn’t address key issues related to racism amid nationwide outrage over injustices in communities of color.”
Palm Beach Post: “U.S. Rep. Val Demings, an Orlando Democrat, on Tuesday called President Trump’s defense of law enforcement ‘laughable.’ ‘It’s almost laughable to hear the president defend law enforcement now,” she said. ‘This is the president remember, how well I know, who considers himself above the law and everyone else beneath it.’”