MSNBC Guest Thinks DeSantis 'Monkey' Comment as Bad as 'N-Word'

Geraldine Edwards
September 1, 2018

DeSantis said Gillum's policies, which include support for an increase in the state tax on corporations and an expansion of government health-care programs, would reverse economic gains made under Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Asked directly about the monkey phrase during his time on Fox News, Gillum said "that part wasn't lost on me".

To be sure, the Florida primary has gotten a lot of attention because of the nominations of DeSantis and Gillum. "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". "That was more than the dog whistle".

Gillum is black. DeSantis' comments were nearly immediately ripped out of context and interpreted as racially motivated. Gillum won the Democratic nomination in an upset.

A replacement for the other senator from Arizona, the late John McCain, is to be named in the next few days by the southwestern state's Republican governor and will be up for election in 2020. But he said that he would hurt the state if elected.

DeSantis said President Donald Trump, who endorsed DeSantis in the GOP primary and praised him in a series of strategic tweets, will continue to play a key role in the campaign, with another Florida visit likely before the November 6 showdown with Democrat Andrew Gillum. Not misogynist, not racist, not bigots, they're going to be looking for a governor who is going to appeal to our higher aspirations as a state. But Stephen Lawson, a spokesman for DeSantis, said the comment was about Gillum's policies and not the candidate himself, adding that to "characterize it as anything else is absurd".

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"What I'm saying is that Florida is going in a good direction", DeSantis said.

The work at these weekly phone banks is to try and flip traditional Republican strongholds in Califonria where voters chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016.

Gillum, who had the backing of Sen.

"He's an extreme talent, " Trump said. Loves our Military and our Vets. Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

McSally's Democratic opponent is fellow U.S. Rep. Krysten Sinema. "He's, I think, staking his race on quite frankly, on following Trump's playbook".

Gillum's campaign referred Reuters to Rizzo's remarks, and several other members of Florida's congressional delegation also condemned the comment.

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In favorability ratings, 45 percent of those surveyed said they have a favorable opinion of Gillum, and 27 percent an unfavorable opinion.

The President took to Twitter to offer his congratulations on McSally's projected Tuesday night primary victory - and took a swipe at Flake, a vociferous Trump critic who is retiring from the Senate, in doing so.

The district covers the southeastern corner of Arizona from most of Tucson down to the U.S-Mexico border.

Marquez Peterson is the CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber.

Mr Gillum, who hopes to motivate younger progressives and minority voters who avoid non-presidential elections, would become the first black governor in the country's biggest swing state.

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