As the Republican nominee for Florida’s governorship, Ron DeSantis links himself to Trump as proof of his qualifications for the job. Using his children in television spots, teaching them how to build a racist wall and to say “make America great again,” you get the impression he may not be qualified to be a father.
DeSantis gushed over being endorsed by Trump, as though God himself came down from Mount Sinai to christen him. DeSantis has used his position as a congressman defending Trump on Fox News and joining other sycophants in Congress putting Trump over country by trying to derail the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling.
As Trump’s apprentice, DeSantis has figured out the racist wolf whistle and how to double down when called on it. Within 12 hours of his primary victory, DeSantis went on Fox News and said voters shouldn’t “monkey this up” by voting for his black opponent, Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum.
Even Fox News felt the need to take the extraordinary measure of issuing a rebuke later in the day that they don’t condone DeSantis’ language. Being a Trump acolyte, DeSantis refused to apologize, even if he was misinterpreted, and his campaign simply stated it was “absurd” to consider it racist. Of course, Trump sycophants also have a difficult time identifying any racism from Trump.
DeSantis is also a moderator, along with racist Virginia Senate nominee Corey Stewart, of a racist Tea Party group on Facebook. Shortly before his announcement for the governor’s race, DeSantis accepted a paid trip to attend a conference of the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Palm Beach consisting of racist speakers, like Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and the founder of Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes. The Horowitz group and Proud Boys have been labeled as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Running on a pro-Trump platform is now a requirement for Republican primaries, but it may cripple candidacies in general elections. Racism and a nationalistic platform don’t sell as well for the general public as it does Republican voters.
While Republicans say the Democrats’ only position is anti-Trump and will impeach if they gain control of Congress, a vote for the GOP is a vote against the rule of law, checks and balances, and democracy.
It’s not so much monkeys I’m worried about. It’s the knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.
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