Democrats/Media slander DeSantis on day one. They must be afraid
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Gillum would be the state’s first black governor. References to African-Americans as monkeys have a long history as a racist slur.
Democrats quickly criticized DeSantis.
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, a Democrat who represents most of Palm Beach County, said it was worse than a coded message. “That was more than the dog whistle. That was absolutely a racist disgusting statement,” she said in a telephone news conference.
On Wednesday afternoon, in a Fox News interview, Gillum didn’t directly answer a question about whether he thought the comment was racist or a figment of speech. “In the handbook of [President] Donald Trump they no longer do whistle calls, they’re now using full bullhorns and what I’ve got to say about that is that we’ve got to make sure that we stay focused, I think, on the issues that confront everyday people. I’m not going to get down in the gutter with DeSantis and Trump,” he said.
Stephen Lawson, communications director for the DeSantis campaign, said the comment had nothing to do with race.
“Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses. To characterize it as anything else is absurd,” Lawson said by email. “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.”
DeSantis made his comments in a Wednesday morning interview on Fox, the cable channel preferred by Republicans.
Hot Take: I’ll take the 2nd lowest hanging fruit first. Now Fox News isn’t even the most watched or highest rated news channel, it’s just the one preferred by Republicans. Let me ask you... When was the last time you heard a news organization attempting to write an objective story, refer to CNN as the channel preferred by Democrats (and frankly not even many of them)? Around every turn at every opportunity there’s an effort to label on the left. And effort to discredit, to pigeon hole to engage in bigotry. It’s so pervasive that it’s second nature and simply worked into articles as though it’s as natural as the sun rising. And that segues perfectly the larger point of this absurdity.
The people who took DeSantis’s statement as presented and immediately thought about race, are themselves the perps. The people who heard Ron DeSantis say: 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. That is not going to work. That’s not going to be good for Florida.”
Are themselves the race-baiters, the bigots, the opportunists looking for any opportunity to attempt divide and create division in the name of political interest. It’s disgusting and should be rejected.