That is essentially what governor-hopeful and Republican nominee, Ron DeSantis, means for people actually considering voting for his rival, Andrew Gillum. Clearly DeSantis thought the polls would hold true and his opponent for the top seat in Florida would be Gwen Graham. But in a stunning upset for the democratic primary, African-American Gillum, beat out America’s white woman, Graham, and got the democratic nod for governor of the state of Florida. Not too quick on his feet, DeSantis referred to Gillum as a monkey, a chimp, telling voters not to “monkey this up” by voting for Gillum. He is WAY TOO liberal for the state.
Ron DeSantis did not mince words, hold back, or waste time following the republican primary nomination for the governor of Florida. After clinching the sure victory, he immediately began the process of throwing stones by referring to the Dem’s nominee for governor, Andrew Gillum. Gillum, if elected, would be the sunshine state’s first ever black governor. And what is a popular reference to blacks drummed up by plantation-minded white people? That black people are monkeys and live in the jungle despite Africa’s large plains and deserts. DeSantis pleaded with voters not to “monkey this up” by electing Democrat Andrew Gillum in November. He also sandwiched another diss in a nice-nasty comment by calling Gillum an “articulate spokesman” for the far-left.
“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.
“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,” he continued. “That’s not going to work, that’s not going to be good for Florida.”
The comments came hours after Gillum pulled off an upset victory in Florida’s democratic gubernatorial primary. Black people have been plagued with the stereotyped, which many have adopted anyway, of being inarticulate. A black person who speaks proper or standard english is commonly said to speak white. Referring to a black person as articulate with undertones dripping with negative connotation is still not a compliment.
Considering that DeSantis has propped himself up as Trump’s Florida bitch-boy, it comes as no surprise the mudslinging references Gillum as a black man and not his policies. It would seem that if it were a race based on social acumen and overall welfare for all in the state, DeSantis has little to no talking points. So, like Trump, he goes for the person’s character. If anyone is seeking to divide the people of Florida, it is Ron DeSantis. We need less division and more unification to address the problems that plague the state and the nation overall.
Democrats have immediately come out and excoriated DeSantis for his poor word choice. Call it a slip of the tongue, a pun, or an honest mistake with the “monkey” comment but following up with how “articulate” Gillum is definitely goes to show at least on a subconscious level, DeSantis is mildly impressed about teaching an old dog new tricks. Or monkey in this case.
DeSantis spokesman Stephen Lawson said that was not what the Republican nominee intended to imply. He claimed DeSantis used the phrase frequently and that it “had nothing to do with race or anything like that” according to the Daily Beast.
The Tampa Bay Times reports:
“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. 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.”
Coincidentally, DeSantis’ comments come on the heels of the POTUS publicly ripping into Gillum for crime in Tallahassee. The president ignored the crime in the nation’s capital as well as the crime around the country… particularly the mass shootings by American-born white males.
Obviously republicans are drawing the line in the sand and banking on the large white population to show up and show out while blacks continue to have a dismal turnout in elections in Florida. The clear distinction in race between the opponents is being manipulated by DeSantis and his cronies to instill a sense of nationalism, patriotism, and tribalism all in one.
Vox states that DeSantis’ comments line up with a clear history of white people referring to black people as primates.
References to African Americans as apes and monkeys have long been invoked to dehumanize them and justify their treatment as second-class citizens. The trope was heavily used against President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, and other members of his White House.
The state of Florida is in for a very nasty and contentious battle for governor. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!