Tallahassee (WTFF) – Ron DeSantis told Fox News viewers to not “monkey this up” by voting for Andrew Gillum in the Florida gubernatorial race.
“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 the white Republican, urging Floridians to vote against the black Democrat Andrew Gillum. There’s a lot to unpack there, but it’s a suitcase of falsities, so we’re not going to unpack it.
Old Media took the bait and has flooded the internet with inflammatory articles. People and shills are arguing about whether his intentions were racist or not.
Fox News’ Sandra Smith told viewers after the DeSantis interview, “We do not condone this language and wanted to make our viewers aware that he has since clarified his statement.” (MSNBC)
Gillum’s spokesman Geoff Burgan replied to the obvious racist remark with southern class and simplicity, “As we say in Tallahassee, bless his heart.” (NBC)
Gillum took the high road. We should follow suit and not take the emotional bait. We have issues and policies to discuss. Racists are obsolete and we must not waste our precious energy and emotion on their pathetic attempts at unhinging our values. We should also discern between inflammatory language (whether intentional or not) and deep-rooted racism that plagues our country. They are two very different things. The latter is far more important to talk about.
“It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement.
The author of the MSNBC article wrote, “I won’t pretend to know the true motivations behind DeSantis’ comment on Fox News. Maybe it was benign. Maybe it wasn’t. Perhaps the GOP nominee intended this to be bait so he could accuse Democrats of trying turn the campaign into a fight about race.”
Sometimes the worst kind of racism is subtle racism. It’s purposeful and it’s done in such a way to get the racist message across while being able to deny the racism. Republican voters who wish to enable these cruel politicians will make up all kinds of excuses, and try to paint the “other side” as reactionary.
These subtle and layered racist remarks excite the Trump voter base. Comments like this actually bolster support in many Republican voters. They also ignite the passions of progressives and minorities, creating more division. Everyone takes the bait, because Americans are easy targets.
To play Devil’s Advocate, maybe his comments weren’t racially charged, and he just said it out of innocence, like “monkeying around,” but then again, Naples Daily Reported that “shortly before entering Florida’s gubernatorial race, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis accepted a paid trip to attend a conference featuring speakers who have defended a candidate accused of child molestation, suggested killing Muslims and argued that women are less likely to be in leadership roles because of ‘biological causes.'”
He also moderated a Facebook page that promotes racism, as Raw Story reports.
If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…
The strategy seems to be: say something that’s obviously racist but not “technically explicitly racist.” watch backlash unfold, do a tour of conservative news networks and paint oneself as a victim of a left wing PC conspiracy. Become identified as the protest vote against PC culture. Watch Trump supporter votes pour in.” (Reddit)
One online user tried to downplay the phrase by saying that it wasn’t really racist:
“Wasn’t racist, wasn’t against the Democratic nominee. It’s a praise people have used for a long time. Just because he’s a black man everyone has to scream racist. This nation has become a nation of sensitive butthurt crybabies.”
To your defense, there are a lot of people who are over sensitive and bitch about things that don’t matter. People pull the race card at the wrong times often (especially on the inernet) and nobody is really happy with that.
Your argument is what though..? That DeSantis wasn’t being racist on purpose? Stop lying. Just be honest with us. He did it on purpose to piss off liberals and to bolster support with mild to severe racists. It’s not just one “slip up,” it’s behavior DeSantis exhibits over time that verify his intentions. We should look at one’s actions and words together. We’re not going to let him lawyer his way out like every other elite slob.
“Only a racist would see it as racist!”
Which is complete malarkey. “No one says ‘monkey up,'” reads one comment. “Why not use the words ‘screw up?’ ‘Mess up’ or anything like that?”
When people show you who they are, believe them.
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