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MSNBC Guest Calls on DeSantis to Drop Out: Might as Well Have Just Said the N-Word

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), the Republican nominee for governor of Florida, made a comment about his opponent Andrew Gillum that drew outrage.

“The last thing we need to do is monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state,” DeSantis said of Gillum, an African-American, in an interview with Fox News.

“That wasn’t just a dog whistle, that was a bullhorn,” Gillum’s Communications Consultant Michael Hopkins told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi. “That was a blatantly racist comment. If DeSantis wants to say that he uses that kind of language all the time, then he should just stop talking.”

“What he’s doing is not just denigrating the state, but denigrating the voters who are going out and trying to be good Americans and work hard and don’t want that kind of racist language used in campaigns across the state,” Hopkins added.

SiriusXM Progress host Mark Thompson agreed — even going as far as calling for the Florida

“When you say monkey in reference to an African-American, he might as well have just said the N-word,” Thompson told Velshi. “Donald Trump needs to condemn this. DeSantis needs to immediately apologize and/or drop out of the race.”

“This is absolutely racist and if he gets away with it this time, he’s going to continue to do it,” Thompson added.

A spokesperson for DeSantis denied the remark had anything to do with race in a statement:

“Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses. To characterize it as anything else is absurd.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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