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DeSantis clarifies comment about opponent Gillum
Sandra Müller reads a statement from the DeSantis campaign.
Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis, the GOP candidate for Governor, clarified comments, which he is earlier Wednesday, in which he warned the voters to “monkey this” by voting for his Democratic opponent, the black.
“To work we have hard to ensure that we continue to be in Florida in a good direction, we create the success we have had with the Governor [Rick] Scott,” DeSantis, fresh from his Republican primary victory, said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” earlier in the day.
“The last thing we need to do to the monkeys you try this by to embrace a socialist agenda with enormous tax increases and ruin the state.”
The remark drew instant fire from Democrats who accused him of using “racist dog whistles” in view of the democratic candidate Andrew Gillum is black.
“It is disgusting that Ron DeSantis is with his General election campaign with racist dog whistles,” Florida Democratic party chair Terrie Rizzo said.
Gillum spokesman Geoff Burgan, Of Tallahassee, said the Democrat, that the campaign was, so that it could respond to the party.
“DeSantis’ comments speak for themselves,” Burgan said.
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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.”
“Florida’s economy-the movement has been for the last eight years, and the last thing we need is a very left wing Democrats to stop trying to our success,” the statement said.
Gillum, Bernie Sanders-backed-Tallahassee mayor, pulled a big surprise in the victory over half a dozen competitors, including former Rep. Graham Gwen, on Tuesday, the primaries.
DeSantis and Gillum will face in the November General election. If he triumphs, Gillum, would be the state’s first black Governor.
“I’m really representing honored, the people of the state as the Democratic nominee promising — and I, I stand up for everyday Floridians and the issues that matter most,” Gillum tweeted after his victory.
Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.
Adam Shaw is a reporter covering the American and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached.