Only hours after he won the Republican primary for the race for Florida Governor, the media has risen up as one to smear Ron DeSantis as a “racist.” Annnnd the media smear campaign begins right on time.
On Wednesday morning, DeSantis was warning Florida not to fall for his Democrat opponent’s socialist agenda, but his choice of an ages old saying to describe the folly of voting for failed socialist policies was the perfect avenue for the lying media to smear DeSantis as a “racist.”
In a Monday appearance on Fox News, DeSantis warned Florida not to “monkey up” the state by voting for socialism. “Let’s build off the success we’ve had on Gov. Scott. The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases bankrupting the state. That is not going to work,” DeSantis said on Fox.
Clearly, if you need that explained to you, you are either a moron, or you don’t want to hear the truth. Employing an ages old term for messing up, DeSantis clearly said.. in direct terms … that voting for his opponent’s socialist policies would “monkey up” Florida.
But what does the media hear?
Racism, of course.
Here is what the Washington D.C.-based newspaper The Hill tweeted out moments after DeSantis’ statement on Fox:
— The Hill (@thehill) August 29, 2018
Wait, what? “DeSantis: Florida voters shouldn’t ‘monkey this up’ by voting for black candidate”? This is what The Hill heard DeSantis say?
This tweet from The Hill is inarguably a straight-up lie.
Ron DeSantis did not equate the term “monkey up” with “voting for a black candidate.” DeSantis did not mention race, nor even hint at race at all during his Fox appearance. He directly equated goofing up (monkey up) Florida with voting for a SOCIALIST candidate.
But, immediately the media tries to turn DeSantis into a racist.
And now, with the liberal media’s signal that DeSantis is now an accused “racist,” the Democrat candidate, Andrew Gillum, is jumping in with gusto to make DeSantis’ comment all about race when it never was.
A few hours after the media gave Gillum a donation in kind to his campaign by illicitly painting DeSantis as a racist, the Democrat candidate who is openly supporting socialist policies said that DeSantis using “monkey” was a “whistle” to Trump racists.
Once again,The Hill was thrilled to jump in and give the assist:
“Yeah, that part wasn’t lost on me,” Gillum said to Smith when asked about the remarks. “It’s very clear that Mr. DeSantis is taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump. But I think he’s got another thing coming to him.”
He thinks that in today’s day and age Florida’s voters are going to respond to that level of derision and division,” he continued. “They’re sick of it.”
“In the handbook of Donald Trump they no longer do whistle calls, they’re now using full bullhorns,” Gillum continued when pressed by Smith whether he believed the congressman’s remarks were racist or just a figure of speech.
“And what I’ve got to say about that is we got to make sure we stay focused, I think, on the issues that confront everyday people. I’m not going to get down in the gutter with DeSantis and Trump,” he added.
These smear tactics are all based on lies, but no mediaot will call Gillum on it because the media is assisting him to push the lies.
Also, Mr. Gillum, the phrase is “another think coming,” not another “thing” coming.
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