Florida The candidates Gillum fires back on DeSantis ‘monkey’ this up’ comment

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Andrew Gillum responded to DeSantis’ ‘monkey’ this up’ comment

Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, upset winner of the Florida democratic gubernatorial primary, says his Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis is taking a page from President Trump’s political playbook.

Liberal Florida Governor elections nominated Andrew Gillum on Wednesday beat his opponent, Ron DeSantis, after the Republicans warned the voters earlier in the day, not to “monkey this” by voting for Gillum in November.

During an appearance on Fox News, anchor Shepard Smith Gillum, who is black, asked if he as DeSantis’ comment racist or a figment of speech.

Earlier Wednesday, the Chairman of the Florida Democratic party DeSantis of the “racist dog accused of whistles.”

“Well, in the manual of Donald Trump, you no longer whistle calls,” Gillum said. “You are now with complete a building.”

Gillum, Bernie Sanders supports progressive, won the Florida democratic gubernatorial primary in a surprise on Tuesday, the defendants DeSantis “take a page right out of the campaign manual by Donald Trump” and said he believes Florida voters are “sick”, from the Department of DeSantis.


DeSantis, who won the Republican nomination for Governor on Tuesday, made the remark during an appearance on Wednesday on Fox News.

DeSantis, said: “we are working hard to ensure that we continue to be in Florida in a good direction,” adding “the last thing we need to do to the monkeys, try to embrace a socialist agenda with enormous tax increases and ruin the state.”

But DeSantis’ office claims dismissed, that his remarks had a racial dimension as “absurd.”

“Ron DeSantis was obviously not to make talk about of Florida to embrace the wrong decision, the socialist policies, Andrew Gillum represents,” spokesman Stephen Lawson said in a statement. To characterize”, as it is anything else is absurd.”

During his Fox News interview, Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, the behavior of the ongoing FBI investigation of corruption in the city he has led since 2014, denying any misconduct.

“I don’t expect all my problems away….I welcome to get your inquiry to the end of the corruption that could exist,” said Gillum.

According to local news outlets have extensively treated the case – the FBI is investigating possible corruption in connection with land deals in the city. Last year, the FBI subpoenas for documents issued by the city of Tallahassee with respect to the developer.

Gillum in 2016, also in interaction with an undercover FBI agent who is the investment in Tallahassee reports was interested in as a business man because, according to these. He was introduced to the agent-lobbyist Adam Corey, a longtime friend who has since been featured as part of the probe.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Gillum a meeting with the undercover FBI agent agreed, while on a Costa Rica vacation with Corey in the year 2016.

The Republicans, the gain in the subsequent period, Gillum primary, do everything to draw attention to Gillum’s link to the probe and make sure it casts a shadow over his campaign.

“With Andrew Gillum, Florida Democrats, a radical elected, far-left politician who remains in the middle of an FBI anti-corruption investigations,” the Republican Governors Association, said Tuesday.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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