Here we go again. There was a major upset in Florida last night. The Democratic Establishment candidate Gwen Graham lost to the Bernie-Sanders-endorsed-candidate, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a black man. His Republican opponent, in a Trump Effect fashion, gave a Trumpian response to a Fox News interviewer.
The Trump Effect early in the Florida Gubernatorial Race
— Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies) August 29, 2018
NBC News reported it as follows.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor in Florida, faced a backlash on Wednesday for saying in a television interview that his state should not “monkey this up” by electing his Democratic rival Andrew Gillum, who is African-American. DeSantis made the comment in an interview on Fox News when speaking about progressive Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who won in an upset on Tuesday night.
“You know, he is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views and he’s a charismatic candidate,” DeSantis said. “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. That is not going to work. That’s not going to be good for Florida.” Terrie Rizzo, chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, called the remark “disgusting.”
“It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles,” she said. Gillum, who was endorsed by Bernie Sanders and George Soros, is vying to become the state’s first black governor. DeSantis, who represents the state’s 7th congressional district, was endorsed by President Donald Trump. Historians have noted that using monkey and ape when referring to African Americans has racist origins, but a spokesperson for DeSantis told NBC News it had nothing to do with race.
There should be no surprise here as the Trump Effect has removed all the inhibitions from Donald Trump’s followers. Saddle up, it only gets worse from here.