Andrew Gillum made history this week when he beat his rivals in Florida’s Democratic primaries to become the state’s first black gubernatorial candidate for a major party. Following Gillum’s victory, his Republican rival Ron DeSantis—a congressman and avid Trump supporter—utilized a racist term on Fox News in order to appeal to Florida voters.
Ron DeSantis says on Fox that Florida shouldn’t “monkey this up” by electing his opponent, the first African American to win a major-party nomination for governor in Florida. https://t.co/g9JvXhEesY pic.twitter.com/jzb4Ud39ag
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 29, 2018
“The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up,” by voting for Gillum’s “socialist agenda,” DeSantis said on Fox News Wednesday morning. He additionally referred to Gillum as “articulate,” which—to many people—comes off as a condescending compliment reserved for black leaders that essentially calls their intelligence and competence into question.
The Florida gubernatorial race ranks among the most contested in the upcoming midterm elections.