Trump’s hand-picked Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis appeared on Fox News yesterday and channeled Hair Furor:
Uh Ron DeSantis just said FL shouldn’t “monkey this up” by electing Andrew Gillum pic.twitter.com/nDPp3Hx7zc
— Steve Morris (@stevemorris__) August 29, 2018
“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.”
What is not getting as much attention is the more standard dog-whistle that preceded that air-horn blast:
“This is a guy who, although he’s much too liberal for Florida — I think he’s got huge problems with how he’s governed Tallahassee — you know, he is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views, and he’s a charismatic candidate.”
Fox News itself ran away from the remark: Sandra Smith told viewers:
“We do not condone this language and wanted to make our viewers aware that he has since clarified his statement.”
A DeSantis spokesperson said it would be “absurd” to characterize the comment as racist.
Fox News has tried to avoid having guests making comments on its air that could raise up to being actionable. Per Politico, network CEO Suzanne Scott told producers months ago they will be held accountable for what happens on their shows.
Uh-Huh. Tell that to White Nationalist enthusiast Tucker Carlson.