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ORLANDO, Fla. – Andrew Gillum, the black Democratic candidate for governor in Florida, said Wednesday that it is "clear" his GOP rival "join Donald Trump in the swamp" after Ron DeSantis had said in a television interview that the state "We should not beat them up with" Gillum "the monkey."
"We will leave them there and continue to strive for the top Mark," Gillum said Wednesday on MSNBC "Meet The Press Daily".
Gillum responded to a comment made by DeSantis in an interview on Wednesday morning in Fox News when he rivals over his reoriented general election, a progressive who won his party
"You know, he is an outspoken spokesman for this Views of the extreme left and he is a charismatic candidate, "said DeSantis. "The last thing we have to do is thwart this by trying to accept a socialist agenda with huge tax hikes and ruin the state, that will not work, it will not be good for Florida."
Gillum later said that his opponent, who was met with fierce backlash for his remarks, tried to divide voters in the state.
"We are better than Florida, and I think the Congressman can do better than that." I regret that his mentor in politics is Donald Trump, but I believe that Florida state voters will reject the sharing policy. "
Chuck Todd, the host of "Meet The Press Daily," said DeSantis was invited to appear on the program after the comment, but declined.
Gillum, backed by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and George Soros, vies to become the state's first black governor. DeSantis was supported by President Donald Trump.
Gillum also appeared on Fox News Wednesday afternoon, discouraging DeSantis for saying that the comment was "not lost to me" and was torn out of Trump's textbook.
Handbook by Donald Trump, they do not whistle anymore – they are now using full megaphones, "Gillum said," I will not go down the drain with DeSantis and Trump, there's enough going on, I'll try to stay high. He adds: "It is very clear that Mr. DeSantis is taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump, but I think he has one more thing when he thinks that Florida voters in today's age, will respond to this ridicule and division.
Terrie Rizzo, leader of the Democratic Party of Florida, said: "It is disgusting that Ron DeSantis starts his general election campaign with racist dog-whistles."
Asked about DeSantis at the White House, Trump said he had the comment not heard 19659004] Historians have noted that the use of "monkey" and "monkey" in African-Americans has racist origins, but a spokesman for DeSantis told NBC News that his comments had nothing to do with race.
DeSantis Communications Director said : "Ron DeSantis obviously said that Florida did not make the wrong decision in the socialist politics that Andrew Gillum represents. To call it something else is absurd. Florida's economy has been on the move for the past eight years, and the last thing we need is a leftist democrat trying to stop our success. "
Asked for the comment by DeSantis, Gillum spokesman Geoff Burgan said: As we say in Tallahassee, bless his heart."
Rev. Jesse Jackson, the civil rights leader, responded to DeSantis's remarks with one One-Word Tweet:
"We do not tolerate this language and wanted it Make it clear to our viewers that it has clarified its message," Fox News presenter Sandra Smith said after interviewing DeSantis Wednesday morning. She read his clarification in the air.
Dartunorro Clark reported from New York and Ali Vitali reported from Orlando.