Tallahassee Reports has learned that Mayor Andrew Gillum re-tweeted a message by Van Jones, former Obama administration official, which characterized the Trump presidency as a “would-be authoritarian regime” and offered support for a #resistance movement.
The Gillum re-tweet is shown below.
Also, the resistance hash tag (#Resistance) which has become the symbol for those opposing the Trump Administration and was displayed hours prior to the violent demonstrations that took place in Berkeley, California this week.
Shown below is a tweet from a reporter at the demonstrations.
Van Jones has been a controversial political figure for years. He was forced out of the Obama administration in 2009 for controversial statements.
Politico reported at the time that the resignation was in part due to “his past affiliation with the 9/11 conspiracy “truthers” and for calling Republicans “a**holes”” in a video before he was appointed to the Obama administration.
In addition, Politico reported that “Jones’ roots in radical politics, and a spate of newly surfaced links ….. documenting his advocacy for convicted cop killer and former Black Panther Mumia Abu Jamal — a death row prisoner who many in the activist left view as an unjustly convicted political prisoner” was a mitigating factor in his departure.
Van Jones also made news after Trump was elected by saying “This was a white-lash against a changing country.”
Leon County GOP Chair Evan Power has asked Mayor Gillum to clarify his position on the resistance movement and to “denounce the resist movement and the violence we have seen at the inauguration, an airport protest, and now at Berkely.”
Gillum’s re-tweet of Van Jones support of the resistance movement comes after Gillum’s public criticisms of Florida Governor Rick Scott over the Syrian refugee issue, and more recently, a public fight with the Florida Legislature over gun laws.
Mayor Gillum is seen by many political analysts as a potential candidate for Florida Governor in 2018.