Florida Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis is getting fried on Twitter and rightfully so after he hopped on Fox News and said that voters shouldn’t “monkey this up” by electing his Black rival. Despite claims from his camp that it’s a phrase he uses all the time and not with the heavy racial component suggested, Rep. DeSantis’ on-air goof isn’t going over well.
“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,” DeSantis said. “That’s not going to work, that’s not going to be good for Florida.”
Orange Bozo and, unfortunately, our President of the United States Donald Trump tweeted in supportive glee for DeSantis.
“Not only did Congressman Ron DeSantis easily win the Republican Primary, but his opponent in November is his biggest dream….a failed Socialist Mayor named Andrew Gillum who has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city. This is not what Florida wants or needs,” Trump fixed those struggle fingers to type.
Well, Twitter is lighting that DeSantis up and we’re here for it. Check out the best responses below.
well, he's got roseanne's vote https://t.co/uTvmVBl9sX— David Mack (@davidmackau) August 29, 2018
it took like 12 hours for DeSantis to drop a little barely-veiled racism and most of those hours were sleeping hours— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) August 29, 2018
The race for Florida governor is going to be about race.— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) August 29, 2018
The white Republican, @RonDeSantisFL, uses “monkey” as a verb and liberals who back the black Democrat, @AndrewGillum, say it’s racist. pic.twitter.com/75UJtDYDbz
Ain’t no way around it, monkey is a terrible word to use towards a Black person. Ask Roseanne Barr.
As a Floridian, it was my hope this Governor’s race would be about the pressing issues facing our state -rising tides, algae outbreak, trade, economy, jobs. I had hoped it would not be one were racism was front and center. That hope lasted all of 10 hours. https://t.co/KeBENvMovw— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) August 29, 2018
"I'm not fooled by this at all. I know exactly what DeSantis meant and I know every African-American does in Florida" pic.twitter.com/VcUzCw2OTy— Leanne Naramore (@LeanneNaramore) August 29, 2018
We ALL knew.
Republican Ron DeSantis told Fox News that Florida shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing his black opponent, Andrew Gillum.— JRehling (@JRehling) August 29, 2018
The Grand Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan couldn't have made it any clearer.
Florida, be better than this.
RON DESANTIS: Hello 911? I want to report a black guy winning his primary. Yeah I know. Florida no less. He is about 6 foot tall, black, and get this, articulate. I know. Please hurry. We don't want him to Monkey This Up. pic.twitter.com/A2EKFOwSDO— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) August 29, 2018
Racist terms, like “monkey,” that @RonDeSantisFL uses in reference to his African American opponent, have no place in America. As a veteran, DeSantis running this kind of campaign hurts his fellow veterans, too - not just African American vets, but all of us. #FLGov pic.twitter.com/NPiyO5OUnR— VoteVets (@votevets) August 29, 2018
The military bros noticed that DeSantis jacked up his momentum.
Mess this up— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) August 29, 2018
Screw this up
Jack this up
Fuck this up
Goof this up
Muddle this up
...but "monkey this up?"
The Democratic candidate for Governor of Florida is a Black man. That's no secret.
Ron DeSantis just tried to "racist this up." That's no secret either. pic.twitter.com/a4zKVRvmXF
Pardon the F bomb.
Couldn’t agree more.
Day ONE of Gillum v DeSantis Florida Governor race and DeSantis tells voters not to “monkey this up” by electing @AndrewGillum .— Cam (@cameron_kasky) August 29, 2018
Not the least bit surprised that Trump sees great potential in this guy.
Trump shined his boots this morning, so this is correct.
The disgusting leftwing smear machine already in full attack mode against Ron DeSantis in Florida https://t.co/VyrLX8snnL— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) August 29, 2018
MAGA Cultist Ron DeSantis said on Fox Propaganda that Florida shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing Andrew Gillum. That’s what people voted for yesterday, a racist.pic.twitter.com/YAEFuTuUbF— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 29, 2018
Hey, we didn’t have to say it.
Very pathetic from Ron DeSantis. https://t.co/b39qzeYng8— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) August 29, 2018
Remember earlier this summer, when someone went on Fox News and told Joel Payne, a Democratic strategist who happens to be black, that he was "out of his cotton-picking mind”?— Roberto Aram Ferdman (@robferdman) August 29, 2018
The was David Bossie, who is a member of Ron DeSantis’ national finance team https://t.co/4jyY71Xl0p
Oh this is getting spicy.
What? Excuse me?— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 29, 2018
That Republican dog whistle is more like a megaphone lately.
GOP nominee for #FLGov Ron DeSantis just said Florida shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing Andrew Gillum.
What. The. Holy. Balls.#WednesdayWisdom #TakeItBackpic.twitter.com/tUlyFQBUSs
DeSantis doing Gillum a favor or nah?
Yeah, there’s no other way to word this.