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GOP Candidate Ron DeSantis Says Florida Voters Would 'Monkey This Up' if They Elect Gillum as Governor
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=36326"><span class="small">John Wagner, The Washington Post</span></a>   
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 13:06

Wagner writes: "Rep. Ron DeSantis, the newly christened Republican gubernatorial candidate in Florida, said Wednesday that voters would 'monkey this up' if they elect his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum, who would be the state's first African American governor."

Ron DeSantis speaks alongside President Trump during a rally in Tampa, FL. (photo: Reuters)
Ron DeSantis speaks alongside President Trump during a rally in Tampa, FL. (photo: Reuters)


GOP Candidate Ron DeSantis Says Florida Voters Would 'Monkey This Up' if They Elect Gillum as Governor

By John Wagner, The Washington Post

29 August 18

 

ep. Ron DeSantis, the newly christened Republican gubernatorial candidate in Florida, said Wednesday that voters would “monkey this up” if they elect his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum, who would be the state’s first African American governor.

During an interview on Fox News, DeSantis praised Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, as “an articulate spokesman” for those holding “far-left views,” but warned he would be damaging to the state.

“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. “That is not going to work. That’s not going to be good for Florida.”

His comments brought a swift rebuke from Terrie Rizzo, chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, who said they were racially tinged. The Democratic Governors Association and other political groups also levied criticism.

“It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles,” Rizzo wrote on Twitter.

Stephen Lawson, a DeSantis spokesman, later said that such characterizations were “absurd.”

“Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses,” Lawson said. “To characterize it as anything else is absurd.”

Gillum was a surprise winner in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. He has embraced liberal policies, such as a “Medicare-for-all” health-care system, but he has not identified as a socialist. He has the backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), among other liberal figures nationally.

DeSantis prevailed in the GOP primary with the help of an endorsement from President Trump.

In a tweet later Wednesday, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, who is promoting a critical tell-all book about the president, sought to draw attention to that connection.

“Let’s not forget that this is the candidate that #45 endorsed,” she wrote, referring to Trump being the 45th president. She added: “#BirdsOfaFeather.”

DeSantis’s comments were also criticized by the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations

“Representative DeSantis owes all Floridians an apology,” the group’s communications director, Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, said in a statement. “We are increasingly weary of denouncing political candidates embracing the racist and xenophobic tone set by Donald Trump’s administration.”

During his Fox interview, DeSantis said Gillum had outperformed other Democrats in the primary.

“This is a guy who, although he’s much too liberal for Florida — I think he’s got huge problems with how he’s governed Tallahassee — you know he is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views, and he’s a charismatic candidate,” DeSantis said.


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+8 # joe_me 2018-08-29 15:07
DeSantis will lose because 45 supports him, Gillum & the blue tsunami will win.
 
 
+10 # MikeAF48 2018-08-29 18:21
Correct me if I'm wrong is that a red headed orangutan standing behind GOP Candidate Ron DeSantis?
 
 
+3 # Citizen Mike 2018-08-29 19:59
He has committed a fatal error and opened himself up to ridicule. My suggestion is that protesters show up at every appearance of this guy and throw bananas at him. I would go down to Florida with my gorilla suit and follow him around to heckle him but a gorilla suit is unbelievably hot and does not have a fly.Yes, I really do have one.
 
 
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-08-30 06:13
Reminds me of the dope George Allen who made a similar remark in his senate campaign and then he lost. This may be the end of De Santis. Good. He can go monkey up himself.
 
 
+2 # Citizen Mike 2018-08-30 08:15
Let's all show up at this guy's rallies and throw bananas at him!
 
 
+2 # Wise woman 2018-08-30 08:32
The repubs better not start talking about taxes - and their big bucks giveaway to the filthy rich. Gillum should jump all over this and keep reminding Floridians just exactly where he'd spend tax dollars and it wouldn't be to support trump and his ilk.
 
 
+1 # economagic 2018-08-30 19:23
These people who style themselves "conservatives" are so, to a certain extent, in the true classical sense. They are the Royalists, the ones who sat at the right hand of the speaker of the French Parliament after the storming of the Bastille. In England at that time they were the Tories, who also supported the "Divine Right of Kings" to rule autocratically, although the struggles had been going on since the death of Elizabeth in 1603, and in fact back to Runnymede in 1215.

Then and now, these are the people who insist that NOT all "Men"--much less all human beings--are "created equal." For an excellent and very particular modern example, read Duke Historian Nancy MacLean's "Democracy in Chains," about a somewhat obscure 20th-century economist who created an entirely new sub-field of economics as a distraction from the realities of racial segregation.

So here is my "Modest Proposal": Let us all take care at all times to call out those who attempt to defend the principle that some people are CREATED "better" than others as contrary to the legal foundations of this nation ("unconstitutional").

"But wait; there's more."

Since racism, classism, militarism, "free-market-is m," etc., let us call out every politician who embraces any of those assaults on the "original intent" of the founders as UNAMERICAN, NOT A TRUE PATRIOT. Seventeen years ago "those people" were asking anyone who opposed the invasion of Iraq, "Why do you hate America so much?"