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Neil Cavuto to DeSantis: ‘Do You Regret’ That ‘Monkey This Up’ Comment?

Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis appeared this morning with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, who took a moment to bring up the controversy that arose on the first day of the general election campaign.

Last week DeSantis talked about his opponent Democrat Andrew Gillum and said, “Let’s build off the success of 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. That is not going to work, that’s not going to be good for Florida.”

DeSantis was immediately criticized for the “monkey this up” remark. He and his campaign said it had nothing to do with race.

The Florida congressman was joined this morning by his running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Jeanette Nuñez, and Cavuto asked if there was any concern about the “monkey this up” remark.

Nuñez said it’s “ludicrous” and told Cavuto that’s not what Floridian voters are focused on.

Cavuto turned to DeSantis and said, “That gives you another opportunity to clarify that. And I know that you have or tried to across the state and elsewhere. But in retrospect, do you regret using that term?”

“Neil, it’s a phony controversy,” DeSantis said. “It’s being drummed up to try and distract from the clear issues that we have that are front and center facing floridians. Nobody has been able to be elected in Florida running on a 40 percent tax increase. He wants the single-payer system.”

Cavuto jumped in to ask again if he regretted it, and whether “if you had your druthers again, would you have used that term.”

DeSantis said “of course not” before adding, “We cannot go down the road of nonstop political correctness.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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