Florida: GOP Candidate for Governor Says Black Rival Will “Monkey This Up”

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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.

“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.

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