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Gillum Fires Back At DeSantis For ‘Taking A Page’ Out Of Trump’s Book With ‘Monkey’ Comments

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum appeared on Fox News on Wednesday where he responded to remarks made by his opponent Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) who called him a “monkey.”

Talking to host Sheppard Smith, Gillum claimed that DeSantis took a page out of Donald Trump’s campaign manual.

DeSantis earlier in the day in his own Fox News appearance used a controversial phrase to warn Floridians not to vote for Gillum. The Republican told voters not to “monkey this up” by voting for Gillum.

Smith then asked Gillum what he thought about the comments made by his opponent.

“Yeah, that part wasn’t lost on me,” Gillum said. “It’s very clear that Mr. DeSantis is taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump. But I think he’s got another thing coming to him.”

“He thinks that in today’s day and age Florida’s voters are going to respond to that level of derision and division,” he added. “They’re sick of it.”

Smith then asked Gillum if he thought the remarks made by DeSantis were racist.

“In the handbook of Donald Trump they no longer do whistle calls, they’re now using full bullhorns,” Gillum answered.

“And what I’ve got to say about that is we got to make sure we stay focused, I think, on the issues that confront everyday people. I’m not going to get down in the gutter with DeSantis and Trump,” he added.

Take a look at the clip below:

On Wednesday, Trump praised DeSantis and called him “extraordinary” even after learning he had used the controversial remarks.

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