|Ron DeSantis (L), Andrew Gillum (R)|
Check out the dog whistle from Florida’s newly-crowned Republican candidate for governor, Ron DeSantis, who says Floridians shouldn’t “monkey this up” by electing his “articulate” Democratic opponent, Tallehasse Mayor Andrew Gillum, a black man.
Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis used the term ‘monkey around’ about his Black opponent Andrew Gillum pic.twitter.com/i2veCn8XzS
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 29, 2018
Now, racists have used the term “monkey” for decades to refer to black people.
DeSantis’ campaign claims “monkey this up” is a phrase he uses all the time and it has nothing to do with race.
I’ve personally never heard the phrase in my life, and I tend to get around.
And what’s with acknowledging Gillum as “articulate?”
Fox News apologized for DeSantis’ comments a short time later.
The mayor of Tallehasse would be the first African-American to lead the state.
Gillum clapped back with dignity:
Andrew Gillum’s response to the remarks made by Ron DeSantis. pic.twitter.com/7Q4kMx52aO
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) August 29, 2018
No one really uses the expression “monkey this up,” even when they’re not running against a black man for governor It isn’t whether he intended that to be racist. It was racist. No walkback changes that. Nothing to add. https://t.co/Tr0GsJXUOx
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 29, 2018