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POINT: DeSantis, DeRacist, Disgusting!

August 31, 2018 - 5:00pm

This country has a history with a stain. The stain is slavery, Jim Crow, and the dehumanizing of black people.

How many times were President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama portrayed as apes or monkeys?

We’ve all seen the memes, posts, and nasty comments about the Obamas.

Ron DeSantis had to have known that his “monkey up” comment was going to trigger the most hurtful, hateful images regarding Andrew Gillum.

Maybe that's what he was going for.

Comments such as those are hurtful to all black people who have been subjected to dehumanizing behavior from hateful people.

I’ve long said that racism knows no party.

Racism exists in the Republican and the Democratic parties.

Some Republicans are just so overt with theirs.

I say some, because I have Republican friends who do not condone this sort of behavior.

The Republican Party, though, has allowed itself to be defined by the most vile of people.

In the most perfect example of DeSantis appealing to the most vile of people, a group out of Idaho has begun sending a racist robocall, attacking Andrew Gillum. See Friday's story in POLITICO Florida, "Racist robocalls mar Florida's race for governor."

Is it those people that DeSantis is trying to reach?

Ron DeSantis has been accused of being an administrator of a Facebook page that promoted racism, homophobia, xenophobia, anti-Muslim sentiments, and every other hateful thing one can imagine.

Is this who would be the best governor for ALL of the people of Florida?

No. Absolutely not. Florida is a big, diverse state. We all belong here. We all have a right to be here.

I know DeSantis is saying his “monkey this up” comment wasn’t a racist dig at Andrew Gillum.

I just don’t believe him.

Leslie Wimes, a Sunshine State News columnist, is founder and president of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus, www.daawc.com. Follow Leslie on Twitter: @womenonthemove1

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You don't believe him because you don't WANT to believe him. You are LOOKING for racism . . . . even when it doesn't exist. I believe the racist is you.

You don't believe him because you don't WANT to believe him. You are LOOKING for racism . . . . even when it doesn't exist. I believe the racist is you.

This is nothing but the Left-wing media amplifying and giving credibility to Democrat lies. "Monkey this up" is a common expression meaning "screw this up." It has NOTHING to do with race. Only Democrats, who usually judge people not by the content of their character but by the color of their skin, would think this is a racist comment. When Republicans hear the word "monkey," they think of a monkey. When Democrats hear the word "monkey," they think of a black person. It's disgraceful. And that's the truth. Don't throw a monkey wrench into it.

No it's not. In my long life in the south I've never heard that and was deliberately said as racist dog whistle................It's worked for Trump so DeSantis went there............... Even Fox News was appalled and rightly so, denounced it just after DeSantis said it. No?.................And when Fox News is denouncing right wing things, you know it's bad.....

You're absolutely correct about Democrats and Republicans and how they think

Don't piss on me and tell me it's raining. In case you have not been paying attention, there is a neo-nazi wing of the GOP, with the likes of bretibart, Steve Bannon and Chimpout.com. Until Republicans stand up and tell these traitors that and white supremacy is not going to be tolerated in this country, it will find a safe home within the GOP. Republicans will not even put a plank in their platform denouncing white supremacy. You cannot ignore it and hope it goes away. The movement will not go away unless everyone stands up to them. mThe quesiton is: are Republicans willing to take such a stand in an election year?

Will the Democrats renounce black supremacy and Indian Supremacy also. Denounce antifa and such? This is a political ploy as you know politicians do not want to renounce anyone, look how long it took Jessie Jackson to distance himself from Farrakhan. We are so blind to our own racism.

Don't forget the Neo-Stalinist wing of the Democratic Party! It's typified by the black masked Antifa er, people, and you of course......

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