U.S. House of Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL) handily won the Republican gubernatorial race in Florida on Tuesday evening. DeSantis garnered 56.5% of the vote, or 916,679 votes to secure the Republican nomination for Florida’s gubernatorial race in November.
DeSantis appeared on Fox News Wednesday morning to discuss his victory and the battle going forward with regard to his Democrat opponent, Andrew Gillum. Gillum won the Democratic nomination for Florida’s gubernatorial race with 34.3% of the vote, or 517,417 votes.
“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,” DeSantis said on Fox News Wednesday morning.
DeSantis’ remarks drew heavy fire from the Florida Democratic Party, accusing the congressman of launching his campaign with “racist dog whistles,” since his opponent is black.
“It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles,” Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo said, as reported by Fox News.
DeSantis’ office dismissed the claims and called the accusations “absurd.”
“Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses,” spokesman Stephen Lawson said in a statement. “To characterize it as anything else is absurd. Florida’s economy has been on the move for the last eight years and the last thing we need is a far-left Democrat trying to stop our success,” the statement said.
Andrew Gillum’s campaign spokesman, Geoff Burgan, stated that the campaign was leaving it up to the Florida Democratic Party to respond, and offered no statements from the candidate himself.
First of all, there was nothing racist with regard to what congressman DeSantis said on Fox News Wednesday morning. This is just another shameful attempt by the Democratic Party to slander their opponent via identity politics.
The term, “monkey around” has been mainstream for a long time and holds no racial component to it what-so-ever. The phrase “don’t monkey around with me,” is the same as, “don’t try to trick me or tell me a lie;” “don’t try to make a fool out of me;” “don’t try to manipulate my emotions.”
Some people also use the word, “monkey,” as another term for, “fooling around.” Most people have heard the phrase, “don’t monkey around, this is a serious job.”
DeSantis wasn’t being racist. He was using terminology that many of us commonly use in an effort to connect with voters. There was no racial component to his comment at all.
What one finds extremely alarming is that when the Florida Democratic Party hears the phrase, “Don’t monkey this up,” they hear a racial slur. That would be because it’s THEIR minds that made a connection between the phrase, ‘don’t monkey this up,” and African-Americans.
If the Democratic Party is making this connection without any evidence to show DeSantis to be a racist and with no evidence that illustrates his comments were pertaining to race, then THEY are the ones bringing the racial component to the dialogue.
If DeSantis gave no indication that he was referring to his opponent’s race, then it was the Florida Democratic Party alone that made this correlation between, ‘don’t monkey this up” and their gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum. Not congressman DeSantis.
Let me be very clear, I am not saying the Florida Democratic Party is racist. I am saying that the Democratic Party is being disingenuous with their accusations of racism, which falls in line with their party’s strategy of identity politics.
They make false claims of racism in order to divide the country. Then they attempt to appeal to those divisions by painting their opponent as someone who is “out to take advantage of them and anyone like them.” Democrats divide the masses and promise them the world while painting their opponent as a racist who hates all non-whites. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The fact that Andrew Gillum did not personally respond to DeSantis’ comment is a very big indicator that he was not ‘all-in’ with the Florida Democratic Party’s decision to dive headfirst into identity politics the day after he secured his party’s nomination. It seems that Andrew Gillum is rather hesitant in making direct accusations of racism against his opponent, Ron DeSantis.
This is truly a classless way to campaign and adequately shows that it’s the Democratic Party who’s incapable of judging people based on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. When the Democratic Party makes baseless allegations, such as they did with congressman DeSantis, they only hurt themselves among the electorate and further divide a country they claim to want to “unify.”
How on Earth could Democrats unify a country they work so hard at dividing?
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