Former RNC Chair on DeSantis 'monkey' comment: 'It's how white folks talk about black men who are successful'

TheHill | 8/29/2018 | Tal Axelrod
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Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele ripped Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) for urging Florida voters not to “monkey this up” by voting for his Democratic gubernatorial opponent, Andrew Gillum, who is African-American.

“… It’s how white folks talk about black men who are successful,” Steele said on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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Steele also criticized DeSantis for calling Gillum “articulate.”

“I heard that he’s ‘articulate,’ that ‘he performs well,’ … he’s checking off those boxes. Why do you have to describe him that way?” he said. "Doesn’t happen to a lot of white candidates," he added, echoing host Chuck Todd's comment.

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DeSantis's comments came during an appearance on Fox News, one day after winning his GOP primary.

“You know, this is a guy, although he’s much too liberal for Florida, I think he’s got huge problems with how he’s governed Tallahassee," DeSantis said of the Gillum. “Let’s build off the success we’ve had on Gov. Scott. The last thing we...
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