Ron DeSantis says electing a Black person would ‘monkey’ things up

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The use of language seen as coded racism prompted an extraordinary rebuke from Fox News after DeSantis appeared on the network Wednesday.

Florida's marquee governor's race has heated up with the Trump-backed Republican candidate saying the state should not "monkey this up" by electing his opponent, Democrat Andrew Gillum, who is African-American, in November.

Critics on Wednesday blasted DeSantis, a staunch Donald Trump supporter who won his party's nomination the previous day, for comments they said had racist undertones.

Gillum responded by decrying what he called the "gutter politics" of DeSantis that he said echoes the influence of Trump on American politics.

Gillum released a video calling for Trump's impeachment. "They are now using full bull horns".

FILE PHOTO: Republican Florida governor candidate Ron DeSantis speaks during a Make America Great Again Rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida, U.S., July 31, 2018. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd".

DeSantis based almost his entire primary run on Trump and acknowledged his endorsement was the key. The Facebook group, which DeSantis has moderated, is not establishment Republican by any means-and its other administrators have ranged from Corey Stewart (the Virginia senatorial candidate who has been praising Confederate Army figures like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson) to Kelli Ward (who lost to establishment pick Martha McSally in Arizona's recent GOP senatorial primary). On the Democrat side, voters preferred Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, who was endorsed by Sen.

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Gillum faces Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who also won by turning out his Trump-supporting base to defeat the once-favorite Adam Putnam. "He wants to make Florida Venezuela".

Mr DeSantis campaigned on a pro-Trump platform and in one campaign advert encourages his toddler to "build the wall" with toy blocks - a nod to Mr Trump's planned border wall with Mexico. He won the 2016 presidential election in large part because the Democrats had moved too far left, and now their response is to choose a candidate who is even further to the left.

Gillum has said since the beginning he was told that he is not a target. "My four opponents collectively spent over 90 million dollars".

If elected, Gillum promised to work for universal health care and "common sense" gun laws in a state where there has been a spate of mass shootings.

"Floridians joined Andrew in standing up and demanding real change and showed our nation what is possible when we stand together", the Vermont senator tweeted.

Florida Democratic Party chairwoman Terrie Rizzo took to Twitter to condemn DeSantis' comment. He has been a strong opponent of the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign or Trump himself.

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