Ron DeSantis tells Florida to not 'monkey this up' by electing Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum became the Democratic nominee for Florida governor on Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, his opponent, GOP candidate Ron DeSantis, made racist comments about him.

During an appearance on Fox News with Sandra Smith, DeSantis doled out backhand compliments to Gillum, calling him “an articulate spokesman” and saying he performed better than other candidates, just before arguing that Florida shouldn’t elect Gillum.

“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,” said DeSantis to Smith.

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Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, is backed by Bernie Sanders and is campaigning on progressive policies. President Trump has expressed his support for DeSantis.

DeSantis’ remarks about “monkeying this up” sent Twitter into mass outrage:

“It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement after the interview.

Representatives for DeSantis did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

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