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FL Democrats Plan 'Trump Chicken' Stunt, Ends Up Backfiring

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If you haven’t had a particularly good week, you can at least thank the deity of your choice that you aren’t Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. The Tallahassee mayor and Democratic nominee was revealed to be in the crosshairs of an FBI corruption sting, which he alternatively blamed on his family and/or racism, depending on who he was talking to.

The allegation came in the same week that he was to appear in a debate with his Republican opponent, former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Thankfully for Gillum, the Democrats had his back.

They might not have had great arguments to counter the corruption charges, mind you (“That’s racism!” only goes so far in today’s political environs, particularly given the fact that it’s been used with such frequency). They may not have had the political winds at their back. But they had an inflatable chicken with a visage like President Donald Trump’s, and that was going to make all the difference.

If only they had permission to display it. Or even knew where to display it.

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First, the chicken. Here’s the fowl that they thought was going to be a rebuke to the president — who wasn’t at the debate on Wednesday, of course, but that didn’t stop anybody.

I’m not even sure what it’s even supposed to represent, except that DeSantis received the president’s endorsement, but um — take that, Drumpf.

Do you think Andrew Gillum will win?

If anyone saw it, however, it was only on Twitter — and nobody from the Democrats was around at the candidates’ debate to “call out DeSantis’ healthcare record.”

According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, the chicken “had barely been inflated when police arrived to tell the Democrats they were on the wrong property — the Nova Southeastern University campus across the street (from debate venue Broward College) — and the chicken had to come down.”

Oops.

“We should have asked permission,” Florida Democrat spokesman Kevin Donohoe said in what might have been the understatement of the week.

Thankfully for the Democrats, whatever money they dropped at Krazee Karl’s House of Used Car Lot Inflatable Figures won’t entirely be a sunk cost.

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“It’s starting today and it will follow him around until Election Day,” Donohoe said.

“A sign accompanying the chicken shows a picture of DeSantis with a red rooster comb atop his head with President Trump,” the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“It says: ‘Ron DeSantis is too chicken to stand up for your health care.’”

That’s the punchline? Really? Obviously, they didn’t think the inflatable Trump chicken through. Not only is it patently ridiculous, it’ll remind voters that Trump is not only creating new jobs but new categories of jobs:

Yes, even an inflatable chicken couldn’t change Andrew Gillum’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad week. Point and match, GOP.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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