In full context, here’s what Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis said the day after winning the GOP primaries, in regards to his opponent, the black Tallahassee leftist Andrew Gillum:
Florida elections are always competitive, and this is a guy who, although he’s much too liberal for Florida, I think he’s got huge problems with how he’s governed Tallahassee, he is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views, and he’s a charismatic candidate. I watched those Democrat debates, and none of that is my cup of tea, but he performed better than those other people there. So we’ve got to work hard to make sure that we continue Florida going in a good direction, let’s build off the success we’ve had on Governor Scott, 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’s not going to work.
The only reason we emphasize that his opponent in the general election is black is because the left immediately pounced after the Fox News interview, accusing DeSantis of sending out a racist “dog whistle” to Florida’s white supremacists. The troubling word, naturally, is “monkey.” Apparently no one in Democratic circles believes a white man can use the word “monkey” when speaking – even indirectly – about a black man without it being a racist sin of unimaginable importance.
Two things: One, this is asinine on its face. The phrase DeSantis used is a common one and plainly had nothing to do with the race of his opponent. Two, if a white Republican is running against a black Democrat, does the white Republican really need to send out a “dog whistle” to racist voters? Oh, dude, the guy’s black? We didn’t notice until our man DeSantis alerted us to it with that sneaky use of the word “monkey”! Now we know who to vote for in November!
This is what liberals really think.
Well, some liberals.
The truth is, we don’t believe for a moment that the mass media powers-that-be who have been running with this story like it’s the political scandal of the century think for ONE MINUTE that DeSantis was being intentionally racist with that remark. They know full well what they are doing; setting the stage for Andrew Gillum to pull off yet another Big Upset. And that’s all the more important to them because of the extent to which DeSantis, a Freedom Caucus Republican, has tied his campaign to Donald Trump. To them, both the president and TRUMPISM must be extinguished, and they are not above using even the lowest forms of mob-mentality and deceit to get the job done.
Hard to imagine them going much lower than this, but then again, they continually surprise us.