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Trump Official Uses Phrase He Might Regret

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was speaking in Florida
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2018 4:00 PM CST
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, accompanied by Future Farmers of America President Breanna Holbert, speaks in Indianapolis, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – A top Trump official has uttered a race-laden phrase that left at least a few heads shaking, Politico reports. Speaking Saturday in Lakeland, Fla., for GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said, "Leadership matters. And that is why this election is so cotton pickin' important to the state of Florida. I hope you all don't mess it up." No reaction yet from DeSantis opponent Andrew Gillum—who is vying to become the state's first black governor—but Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams spoke up on CNN's State of the Union, per the Washington Examiner. She called Perdue's phrase "disparaging to communities" and said "it signals a deeper misinformation about what Andrew Gillum can accomplish." In other election news:

  • Lawn camping: President Trump said Saturday that migrants will be "camping out on lawns" if Gillum wins on Tuesday, the Daily Beast reports. Speaking in Pensacola, Fla., the president called Gillum a "radical socialist" and said the job is "not for him."

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