Andrew Gillum Responds to Ron DeSantis on Fox News: Racist Dogwhistles Are Now ‘Full Bullhorns’
Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum hit back at Ron DeSantis on Wednesday after a comment made by his political rival during a Fox News interview earlier today.
DeSantis drew controversy hours ago after warning Florida voters that they cannot “monkey this up” by voting for Gillum – an African American – to become the state’s first black governor. The comment was made with regard to Gillum’s progressive policies, but critics accused DeSantis of racist dog-whistling, and Fox News’ Sandra Smith gave a statement on how her network doesn’t condone what was said on their air.
Gillum was asked about this as he spoke to Shepard Smith, and he said Floridians are tired of politicians like DeSantis and President Donald Trump who stoke division with these types of comments.
“It’s very clear that Mr. DeSantis is taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump,” Gillum said. When asked if he thought it was racist or a figure of speech, he answered “in the handbook of Donald Trump, they no longer do whistle calls. They are now using full bullhorns.”
“I’m not going to get down in the gutter with DeSantis and Trump,” Gillum continued. “I’m going to try to stay high and talk about what the North Star and future is for the state of Florida and people of this state. I think that’s what people want. They are just so sick of this divisive, derisive politics that have been coming out of Washington and have now infiltrated the politics of this state.”
Watch above, via Fox News.
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