Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida won his party’s nomination to become the GOP gubernatorial candidate on Aug. 28 (more video below).
DeSantis, who is supported by President Donald Trump, warned Florida voters on Fox News not to “monkey” up the state by electing his black opponent, Democrat Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee:
Florida elections are always competitive, and this is a guy who, although he is much too liberal for Florida, he has huge problems with how he’s governed Tallahassee, he is an articulate spokesman for those far left views… The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with he huge tax increases and bankrupting the state.
In response, MSNBC host Ali Velshi said he trying to “to give DeSantis the benefit of the doubt,” but Sirius XM’s Mark Thompson countered (video below):
When you say monkey in reference to an African-American, he might as just as well said the N-word. DeSantis needs to immediately apologize or drop out of the race. This is absolutely racist.
After the outcry, DeSantis later “clarified” his comment to Fox News by saying that he is not racist (video below):
Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses. To characterize it as anything else is absurd. We do not condone this language,
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