DeSantis unfazed after liberal outrage mob claims his 'monkey' remark is racist

DeSantis unfazed after liberal outrage mob claims his 'monkey' remark is racist

DeSantis unfazed after liberal outrage mob claims his 'monkey' remark is racist

DeSantis, also 39, landed in hot water within hours of his primary victory, however, with comments to Fox News which were interpreted by some as being racially charged. "I regret that his mentor in politics is Donald Trump.

Critics were quick to point out that DeSantis's comments could be taken as racist, since he was running against a black opponent, former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D).

Florida is the country's third most populous state after California and Texas and will be a decisive vote in the next presidential election, where the U.S. president won by just one percentage point in 2016. But in 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued subpoenas to the City of Tallahassee seeking development records.

On Tuesday night, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum stunned the political world by overcoming polls and conventional wisdom to win the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida.

"People are really sick and exhausted of this kind of race-baiting, division, derisive element to our politics", Gillum said during an interview on MSNBC.

Stephen Lawson, a DeSantis spokesman, later said that such characterizations were "absurd".

DeSantis told Fox News that voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by voting for Gillum.

Gillum's victory on Tuesday was an unexpected one given he had lagged in most of the polling leading up to Tuesday's contest but outperformed the Real Clear Politics' polling average for the Democratic gubernatorial primary by a almost 3-to-1 margin.

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"We're going to be wildly successful at getting more black voters, brown voters, young voters, poor voters, working class white voters to get out and vote for us", Gillum said.

Florida Democratic Party chairwoman Terrie Rizzo called his comments "disgusting" and said he was launching his general election campaign with "racist dog whistles".

Tallahassee has had one of the Florida's highest crime rates in recent years though it has been going down.

"This has nothing to do with color, gender, or any other identifying characteristic", he said.

He told CNN: "I actually believe that Florida and its rich diversity are going to be looking for a governor who's going to bring us together, not divide us. I'll forever be grateful for this summer spent with my kids traveling across this lovely state, meeting people from all walks of life, sharing ideas, and fighting to create pathways for everyone to thrive". In November, he's going up against Congressman Ron DeSantis, who's backed by President Donald Trump.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis.

Abrams, a former minority leader in the George House, faces Brian Kemp, Georgia's secretary of state. "There is nobody that's even close in moving numbers", DeSantis said.

After Trump's tweet on Wednesday, Gillum responded on Twitter, writing: "What our state and country needs is decency, hope, and leadership".

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