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Democratic gubernatorial opponent Andrew Gillum on Wednesday tied controversial remarks made by his opponent Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) to President Trump’s rhetoric while appearing on Fox News.
DeSantis earlier in the day in his own Fox News appearance warned Florida voters not to “monkey this up” by voting for Gillum, a comment that prompted fierce backlash.
During an interview with Fox News host Shep Smith, Gillum said DeSantis was taking a page “directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump.”
“Yeah, that part wasn’t lost on me,” Gillum said to Smith when asked about the remarks. “It’s very clear that Mr. DeSantis is taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump. But I think he’s got another thing coming to him.”
“He thinks that in today’s day and age Florida’s voters are going to respond to that level of derision and division,” he continued. “They’re sick of it.”
“In the handbook of Donald Trump they no longer do whistle calls, they’re now using full bullhorns,” Gillum continued when pressed by Smith whether he believed the congressman’s remarks were racist or just a figure of speech.
DML News offers the following information published by ABCNews.GO.com:
The DeSantis campaign, however, said there were no racial undertones in his comments.
“Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses. To characterize it as anything else is absurd,” Stephen Lawson, the communications director for the Ron DeSantis campaign, said in a statement. “Florida’s economy has been on the move for the last eight years and the last thing we need is a far-left Democrat trying to stop our success.”
Later in the hour, the Fox News anchor read the DeSantis camp statement and felt the need to address his remarks, saying “We do not condone this language and wanted to make our viewers aware that he has since clarified his statement.”
DeSantis campaign denies any racial undertones in his comments.
“Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses. To characterize it as anything else is absurd.” https://t.co/ge8LdLUFXU pic.twitter.com/GU3kQT876z
— ABC News (@ABC) August 29, 2018
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