If GOP DeSantis Guilty of Racial Slur, so are Numerous Democrats

Yesterday, I posted about Democrats claiming that Rob DeSantis, the Republican candidate for governor of Florida has been accused of using a racial slur as reference to his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum.

Gillum is the current mayor of Tallahassee. He is also trying to be the first black American governor of Florida.

The racial controversy is solely the work of Democrats who took DeSantis comment completely out of context.

Here is what DeSantis said:

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“So, we have to work hard to make sure we continue Florida going in a good direction. Let’s build off the success we’ve had with 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.” [emphasis mine]

It’s clear to anyone with a brain to realize that DeSantis was not making any kind of racial slur against Gillum, but that he was using a common expression. His use of the phrase ‘monkey this up’ has been used for many years by many people, and it’s never been considered to be a racial slur until racist Democrats made it one.

DeSantis has defended and explained his statement to no avail as far as the Democrats and the mainstream media are concerned. He told Fox News:

“It has zero to do with race. It has everything to do with whether we want Florida to continue to go in a good direction. I’m not gonna let the Democrats and Andrew Gillum to try to obscure a debate about whether his tax increases, his single payer healthcare plan, his desire to abolish ICE, whether that is something acceptable for Florida. I don’t think it is.

CBS This Morning host John Dickerson reported:

“Voters would ‘monkey up’ the state’s recent economic success if they elect his African American opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum”

Read the direct quote made by DeSantis above and compared it how Dickerson reported it. You will see how the anti-Republican CBS host quoted DeSantis out of context and then put words in DeSantis’ mouth that he didn’t say, Dickerson reported a false perception of what was really said.

So, if DeSantis is somehow guilty of using a racial slur, then please explain why the following Democrats are not guilty of using the same basic expression:

Sen Dick Durbin (D-IL) – “…if you do it in constant dollars so there’s no monkeying around…”

Jay Carney (Obama White House Press Secretary) – “Nobody here or any party has until 2011, monkeyed around that proposition.”

Josh Earnest (Obama White House Press Secretary) – “…risk associated with monkeying around with the debt limit.”

Sen Angus King (former Dem, now Independent from Maine) – “… all along, the Health and Human Services Department has been monkeying around with the website.”

Sen Chuck Schumer – “…and our Republican colleagues, even in their tax bill, caused premiums to go up by monkeying around with healthcare.”

Mike McCurry, former Clinton Press Secretary – “They’re not going to monkey around with government shutdowns.”

John Kerry (former Dem Senator from Massachusetts and Obama’s Secretary of State) – “…that they would draw the line in Kosovo before and told Mr. Milosevic in no uncertain terms, don’t monkey around with this one.”

Sen Robert Byrd (former D-WV) – “…it was alrighty to monkey around with Columbus Day…”

Sen Bernie Sanders (Independent – Democrat – Independent – VT) – “…small print in the back of the solicitation, have the opportunity, have the ability to monkey around interest rates…”

Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA) – “…the dumping of documents continued after the statement, and, uh, and what may have been avoided was a further escalation of the interference in the form of, uh, trying to monkey around on election day…”

Brian Roberts (Dem. Donor from Comcast) – “I wanted to say that CNBC is no longer available to XYZ, Direct TV to use an example. That’s against the law and any, if we wanted to monkey around in some way…”

Rep Sander Levin (D-MI) – “This is about monkey business monkeying with procedure…”

Sen Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) – “…so that we can avoid any monkey business…”

Sen Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) – “…never been brought up for a vote. They’ve been monkeyed with before they’ve been brought up…”

These are only a few of the examples where many others, including Barack Obama and Dianne Feinstein, have used a similar phrase as that used by DeSantis and in the same way DeSantis used it, and in none of these other instances was it considered to be a racial slur. The expression has a clear meaning and anyone who sees it in the way DeSantis used it as being a racial slur, is in fact the racist, not DeSantis.!

Dave Jolly
R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.
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