It didn’t take long for Ron DeSantis,the Republic nominee for Florida governor, to fire off a racist attack against Andrew Gillum, the state’s first Black nominee for the office.
On Wednesday, the Trump-backed nominee warned Florida voters in a TV interview not to “monkey this up” by electing Gillum, NBC News reported.
DeDantis’ racist dog whistle comment came less than 24 hours after the two candidates won their party’s nomination in the Florida primary election.
“You know, he is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views and he’s a charismatic candidate. The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state. That is not going to work. That’s not going to be good for Florida,” DeSantis said on Fox News.
His comment brought swift rebuke.
“It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles,” said Terrie Rizzo, chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party.
Trump rewarded DeSantis, a U.S. representative, with an endorsement in June for his loyalty. DeSantis’ spokesman denied that the congressman’s use of the word “monkey” was racist.
However, the Republican nominee fits a pattern of Trump-inspired candidates who have boldly use racism to appeal to voters who sympathize with white supremacists views.
In June, Corey Stewart, a hardcore Trump supporter who came to prominence as a defender of Confederate symbols, beat his Republican rivals for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate from Virginia.
Meanwhile, Gillum is taking the high road. When asked for a response to DeSantis, Gillum’s spokesman, Geoff Burgan said, “As we say in Tallahassee, bless his heart.”
Black Twitter Explodes With Pride After Andrew Gillum Wins Democratic Primary For Florida Governor
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I’m about to shout all over this here house! Come on Andrew Gillium!!— Aprill O. Turner, APR (@aprilloturner) August 29, 2018
How can I be in Florida and in Georgia on Election Day this year!? 😂😂 👍🏾👏🏾🙌🏾
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Congrats Andrew Gillum on making history, first African American nominee for governor in Florida. So proud of you friend @AndrewGillum— Mohamed (@MohamedMOSalih) August 29, 2018
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Dear national media, DON'T YOU DARE try to examine HOW @AndrewGillum won and get it wrong. Y'all know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. This was a ground game. He was in 3rd/4th place last week. Don't make me cuss!— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) August 29, 2018
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Andrew Gillum made history tonight! So, allow us to reintroduce this King, Florida’s 1st African-American Democratic Nominee for Governor. August 28, 2018 another pivotal moment for #BlackHistory! #BlackExcellence @AndrewGillum pic.twitter.com/T2KmKlkZDs— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) August 29, 2018
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STACEY ABRAMS AND ANDREW GILLUM COULD BE TWO WHOLE BLACK PROGRESSIVE GOVERNORS IN THE SOUTH AT THE SAME TIME. pic.twitter.com/MuduIJbcR2— 🖤. (@MsPackyetti) August 29, 2018
14. Kamala Harris Showed The Love...
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Congratulations to @AndrewGillum on his historic victory in tonight's primary. He’s a strong progressive leader and will make a great Governor of Florida!— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 29, 2018
15. And Of Course Bernie Sanders...
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Congratulations to @AndrewGillum on his victory. Tonight, Floridians joined Andrew in standing up and demanding real change and showed our nation what is possible when we stand together. Let's make history this November and make Andrew Gillum the next Governor of Florida.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 29, 2018
Don’t ‘Monkey This Up’: Andrew Gillum’s Trump-Backed Opponent Shows His Racism To Florida Voters was originally published on newsone.com