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Michael Steele rips Ron DeSantis over Andrew Gillum 'monkey this up' remark

Michael Steele rips Ron DeSantis over Andrew Gillum 'monkey this up' remark

Yet there may be more at stake here than who governs these two states.

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., is being accused of making a racially offensive remark and "dog-whistling" to racists in an interview on Fox News Wednesday.

President Donald Trump tweeted his support for DeSantis on Monday.

On a night where Republicans were supposed to have the most hotly contested races - and were prepared for shocking, upset victories - it was Democrats who stole the show, nominating an actual socialist over a more moderate candidate to compete in the Florida gubernatorial election.

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Referring to his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum, he told the channel: "The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases". That is not going to work.

Yet, the "majority of Democratic primary voters rejected him", DeSantis noted. "That was absolutely a racist, disgusting statement. I think our total spending may have been six".

Stephen Lawson, a DeSantis spokesman, later said that any characterizations of racism were unwarranted. President Trump's pick, congressman Ron DeSantis, beat the establishment favourite Adam Putnam in Tuesday night's primary for the Republican nomination.

Gillum, who was backed by Sen. Gillum is the first African-American nominee for the governorship of Florida. Steyer not only injected a late influx of cash for Gillum but also funded NextGen America, one of the key voter registration groups this year at the University of Central Florida.

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"That is not what Floridians want", DeSantis told reporters.

And then there's the big question hanging over Gillum's campaign. He called Gillum a "failed socialist mayor" who has "allowed crime and many other problems to flourish in the city". Despite a recent decrease, Leon county's crime rate alluded to by Trump is still the highest in the state. Harvard. Yale. Brilliant. He ran an incredible campaign.

"He will be a great Senator", Trump tweeted of Scott. And in a moment when President Trump is on one side and those dedicated to "resisting" and impeaching him are on the other, they may be right. "In my 15 years in politics, I have not really seen, in my generation, a candidate like Mayor Gillum". Also in the race was billionaire Jeff Greene, who spent about $38 million of his own money on the race.

Gillum has until the end of business next Thursday to name a running mate.

Republicans are likely to make hay of an ongoing FBI investigation into Tallahassee's city government. He was elected mayor in 2014. The super PAC was responsible for attacks on Graham that labeled her as too much like a Republican to be acceptable to Democrats.

"This is an alarming and clear-cut case of obstruction of justice", Gillum said in a Facebook video in December. Gillum ran on several progressive policies, including gun reform, LGBTQ rights and universal healthcare.

Gillum didn't make race an issue in the primary.

"All of them gave Andrew Gillum a pass on some real vulnerabilities that I think the republicans will be working on here pretty quick", said GOP strategist Mac Stipanovich.

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