A plethora of Twitter trolls came after Fried for her well-meaning but inaccurate attempt to show support for Ukraine. Many pointed out the obvious blunder while others mocked what they saw as superficial support.
Supporters of Fried came to her defense, though, and showed appreciation for her effort to stand with Ukraine.
"I am so excited & enthusiastic to witness you become the next Governor of Florida. It’s personal for me; my brother, his daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren all live there. I will do my best to make sure that you get their five votes. Governor Nikki Fried sounds perfect" @WilliamRich2012 said.
Fried is the Democratic nominee running against Ron DeSantis for governor of Florida. If elected, Fried would be the first female governor of Florida ever and Democrat governor since 1999.
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