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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.”

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  1. the demorats will take anything, anything the Republicans say or do and try to put a racist spin on it…they can’t win without cheating or spinning tales of race devision….

    • I’m from the deep south. Never heard this phrase used to put someone down racially. This phrase is used to sabotage or form a protest against. These people need to get real. So, tired of this ‘racist’ term used to further their sick agenda. Let’s band the wrench known as ‘the monkey wrench.’

    • They’re making a big deal about an innocent comment so people won’t talk about the thousands of $$$$$$$$$$$ Soros gave to this crooks campaign and now all of a sudden he’s ahead .He’s shady anything associated with Soros is illegal dishonest and cheating ! This guy needs to go in November ! Get out and vote Don’t let Soros dirty money win!

  2. I agree with both of you. Ron DeSantis is a great guy from all of the interviews with him I’ve heard.

    • Suzanne S, what would the fallout be if desantis had said, muck it up, screw it up? Bugger it up or fk it up and he would have been nailed for sexual toxic masculinity.
      Whenever a conservative or person on the right say anything, the loons lose their minds.

  3. Give me a break! Who knows what he meant, but it was DeSantis, NOT Trump! And a brown bear is racist; and a black bear is racist; and chocolate milk is racist; and who knows what else is racist. I think maybe the true racists are the ones slinging all the mud… Oops, racist again. Not!

  4. monkey business. Broadly speaking, monkey business refers to fooling around or any sort of mischievous behavior, ranging from bribery in politics to kissing. Related to monkey business is the verb monkey, which means to “behave in a silly or playful way” or “to tamper with.”

  5. Oh give me a break. That was clearly just a figure of speech. Grow up people. I grew up hearing the saying Monkey see, Monkey do. I guess that is racist now too.

  6. If Florida puts this man in office as their Governor they will go the way of California by the time he is out of office. Socialism is great until you run out of other people money and Socialism ALWAYS ends up with nothing more than shared misery for all.

  7. How ridiculous… the context in which it was said, it had no racial connotations. In the way it was used from DeSantis it meant the same as “goofing up”, “screwing up”, etc. NOT calling him a monkey or anything racial.

  8. The only “division” the American people are sick of is the constant lies from the left and the proverbial “crying wolf” whether it be the race card, Russian collusion, Putin “invaded” Crimea, and last, but not least, “IMPEACHMENT!”

  9. I don’t see anyone that looks or sounds like a “monkey” here. But on the other side of the coin is some cliches that my parents used to say to us, One was, “If the shoe fits ware it” and the other was “You made your bed now lie in it”. The same goes for the word “monkey”. There are numerous cliches tied to that word….
    Touche Gillum, your turn to taste your foot. Although the media will probably let you get away with it unscathed….

  10. Dont “monkey around” with Republicans = Dont mess with Republicans. These terms are as old as the hills and no one, NO ONE has EVER monkeyed around with that term before now.
    Gillum said DeSantis was taking a page “directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump.” Gillum is a damned-able LIAR…and yes, we are sick of it SICK TO DEATH of it. Meaning We Republicans have never read anywhere, where the word “black” or “monkey” “ape” “orangutan” etc etc would mean ANYthing other than what its intention would be in a sentence they are using. Meaning, the word is NOT RACIST. These liars on the left need to get a life, a job and get a Grip on life. When they have nothing to bitch about or debate about, they use any word as being racist. They are so pitifull. Theyve used the word racist so often it means NOTHING anymore. WE ARE SICK OF YOU LIBS. Sick To DEATH of you.

  11. The comment, while slightly misquoted is “Don’t throw a MONKEY WRENCH into a system that is working. Liberal, commies like Gillum are out to destroy America. Free this and free that just plain doesn’t work. I hope and pray that Floridians have more sense than to elect this representative of communist mthought to be their governor.

  12. I really hate using foul mouth words but my take on the “monkey this up” comment, is fuck this up or screw this up. He just said it in a much more civilized way. This racist crap has got to stop. Just my opinion.

  13. What a bunch of crap. Democrats will use anything. So Desperate and sad. PC Why is Gillum being investigated by FBI for corruption? We don’t need another socialist.

  14. Mr. Gillum is right about one thing. If the voters in Florida feel as I do they are sick and tired- of the race card being applied to ahy conservative utterance.

  15. I guess he should of went ahead and said “F__k it up”. Same reaction, but they couldn’t have called it racist!

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