Ron DeSantis says electing a Black person would ‘monkey’ things up

Andrew Gillum to face Ron DeSantis in Florida governor race

President Donald Trump listens as Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speaks at a Make America Great Again Rally.

Florida gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis responded Wednesday on "Hannity" to criticism of his use of the phrase "monkey this up" to describe damage his Democratic opponent would do to the Sunshine State if elected.

DeSantis follows up by saying Gillum's socialist agenda would bankrupt the state, but monkey is frequently used as a derogatory term for Black people. Gillum would be the first black governor of Florida if elected. "Sounds like this guy wants to be president".

"We're going to be wildly successful at getting more black voters, brown voters, young voters, poor voters, working-class white voters to get out and vote for us", said Andrew Gillum, vying to become the state's first black governor.

Trump, who backed Republican nominee U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in the primary, called Gillum a "failed Socialist Mayor", claiming he's allowed crime to "flourish in his city". "To characterize it as anything else is absurd", his spokesman Stephen Lawson said.

"I believe the congressman can be better than this", Gillum said. "In the handbook of Donald Trump, they no longer do whistle calls".

Nelson, 75, has represented Florida in the Senate since 2001 but the latest polls show Scott with a slight lead in what is expected to be one of the most expensive congressional races. "I don't think there's any other way to interpret it". "It just so happens that I think the communities that most resonate with me happen to also be folks from communities that don't typically participate in midterm elections".

Sanders, who represents the left wing of the party and came up short in his 2016 challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, welcomed his victory.

DeSantis also came out fighting, criticizing Gillum as "way, way, way too liberal for the state of Florida". Gillum in his remarks to supporters on election night said he and supporters would seek to counter the "dark days that we've been under coming out of Washington".

As the comment ricocheted across social media- with members of Congress along with the organization CAIR and even Fox News denouncing them - the chairwoman of Florida's Democratic Party, Terrie Rizzo, was among those decrying it as racist.

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