What We Know:
- 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.
- 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.
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