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It didn’t take long for Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for Florida governor, to fire off a racist attack against Andrew Gillum, the state’s first Black nominee for the office.

On Wednesday, the Trump-backed nominee warned Florida voters in a TV interview not to “monkey this up” by electing Gillum, NBC News reported.

DeDantis’ racist dog whistle comment came less than 24 hours after the two candidates won their party’s nomination in the Florida primary election.

“You know, he is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views and he’s a charismatic candidate. 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 is not going to work. That’s not going to be good for Florida,” DeSantis said on Fox News.

His comment brought swift rebuke.

“It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles,” said Terrie Rizzo, chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party.

Trump rewarded DeSantis, a U.S. representative, with an endorsement in June for his loyalty. DeSantis’ spokesman denied that the congressman’s use of the word “monkey” was racist. However, the Republican nominee fits a pattern of Trump-inspired candidates who have boldly use race to appeal to voters who sympathize with white supremacists views.

We’ll bring you more on this developing story.

Don’t ‘Monkey This Up’: Andrew Gillum’s Trump-Backed Opponent Shows Racism to Florida Voters  was originally published on