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Why the Left Labels DeSantis’s Comments Racist

Why the Left Labels DeSantis’s Comments Racist

Postby smix » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:29 pm

Why the Left Labels DeSantis’s Comments Racist
National Review

URL: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/ ... mongering/
Category: Politics
Published: September 4, 2018

Description: Can’t win a debate on the issues? Resort to smears and fear-mongering.
To appreciate the level of dishonesty and societal harm the media, the Democratic party, and others on the left engaged in last week regarding Congressman Ron DeSantis, one has to know exactly what DeSantis said. The day after he won the Republican primary for governor of Florida and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic gubernatorial primary, DeSantis said,
The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases bankrupting the state. That is not going to work.

He was clearly referring to Gillum’s left-wing positions, which were described in the Sun-Sentinel, the main — and not conservative — newspaper of Broward County in South Florida:
Gillum is an unabashed champion of his party’s most progressive ideas — including things like Medicare-for-all single-payer health system, abolishing the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and impeaching President Donald Trump.

So, we can at least all agree that Gillum is on the left end of a left-wing party and, therefore, that anyone from the center to the right in American politics will regard his policies as, at the very least, injurious to Florida’s — and America’s — economy. What, then, did DeSantis say that was morally objectionable? He said the socialist ideas of his opponent would monkey up Florida’s economy — which would be a nonissue were it not for Gillum’s being black. Therefore, according to the Democratic party and the left-wing media, DeSantis used that term to send a “racist dog whistle” to fellow Republican racists. As Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart headlined his column, “Ron DeSantis’s ‘Monkey’ Comment Was Just the Start of His Racist Dog-Whistling.” “The obvious slur here is ‘monkey this up,’” he wrote. “Likening African Americans to monkeys, apes and chimps is a racist pastime.” The chairwoman of the Florida Democratic party, Terrie Rizzo, tweeted, “It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles.” Florida congresswoman Frederica Wilson, a Democrat who represents a district in South Florida, said:
They always find a way to add some sort of insult to African-Americans and make it racist. “Monkeying this up” is clearly communicating that.

“Apes” and “monkey” are “by far the best-known racist references to African-Americans in our national folklore,” The NAACP Florida State conference said. “It’s only equal in racial semantics to the ‘N-word.'” Gillum himself said: “It’s very clear that Mr. DeSantis is taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump.” On CNN, Gillum told Chris Cuomo, “Well, I’ll try to be articulate” — sarcastically referencing DeSantis’s description of him as an “articulate” advocate of the leftist policies he espouses. This is normally a compliment, but it is now deemed racist when used to describe any black. “He’s apparently given up the whistle,” Gillum continued. “They’ve gone to the bullhorn with these kinds of tactics.” On the CNN website, LZ Granderson wrote:
White people linking black people to monkeys has been a racist trope for centuries. That’s why when Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor, used the phrase “monkey this up” when talking about the handling of the economy by his black Democratic opponent, it was hard to believe that the word choice was an accident.

The New York Times reported, “Sharon Austin, a professor of political science at the University of Florida, said she saw Mr. DeSantis’s language as a not-so-subtle racist dog whistle.” Princeton University African-American studies professor Eddie Glaude Jr. said on MSNBC:
That’s obviously a racial dog whistle. . . . Here we are once again. We are right back where we’ve always been.

Why does the Left do this? Why does it incessantly libel Republicans and conservatives as racists The answers are as vile as they are obvious. First, the Left fears that unless blacks continue to believe that Republicans are racists, they will not overwhelmingly vote for Democrats. And if they don’t, Democrats will not regain the White House for the foreseeable future. The same holds true for depicting Republicans and conservatives as women haters. There is no better way to persuade college-indoctrinated women to vote Democratic. And the same holds true for Latinos — Republicans must be continuously labeled “white supremacists” and “xenophobes,” or they, too, may not reliably vote Democratic. Second, though most intellectuals are on the left, the intellectual foundation of left-wing beliefs is unbelievably weak. Leftism is almost entirely emotion-based. That’s another reason the Left smears conservatives and tries wherever possible to prevent conservatives from speaking in the university, on the Internet, and in the many big businesses in the hands of people on the left: Since leftists cannot debate conservatives, they have to smear them. America is the least-racist multiracial, multiethnic nation in world history. The Left’s constant need to locate racism where it doesn’t exist is proof of this.



Democrats Play the Race Card against DeSantis
National Review

URL: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/ ... race-card/
Category: Politics
Published: September 5, 2018

Description: The Left speciously calls a common expression racist.
Imagine that Bob says: “America needs serious bank reform.” Jack replies: “Stop picking on the Jews, you filthy anti-Semite!” Similarly, Sue says: “Our high school has plenty of students with strong math and science skills. We should focus more on literature and the arts.” Beth responds: “What do you have against Asian kids?” Likewise, Richard says: “America needs law and order.” Hubert replies: “Stop calling black people criminals.” Who are the real bigots here — the alleged racists or the ones who play the race card? This question has electrified the Sunshine State. Representative Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) spoke with Fox News soon after his August 28 gubernatorial nomination upset over early favorite Adam Putnam. DeSantis discussed his uber-liberal Democratic opponent, Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, who happens to be black. “This is a guy who, although he is much too liberal for Florida, I think he’s got huge problems with how he has governed Tallahassee,” DeSantis told Fox. He added that Gillum is “an articulate spokesman for the far-left views, and he is a charismatic candidate.” DeSantis then turned from addressing his opponent to assessing Gillum’s agenda, which includes Medicare for All, higher corporate taxes, and the abolition of ICE. “So, we have to work hard to make sure we continue Florida going in a good direction. Let’s build off the success we’ve had with Governor [Rick] Scott,” DeSantis remarked, referring to the GOP incumbent. “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.” The Left sped to the barricades. DeSantis’s comments, they claimed, were steeped in anti-black hate.
* Florida Democratic-party chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said: “It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles.”
* “That was more than a dog-whistle,” Representative Lois Frankel (D., Fla.) told the Washington Post. “That was absolutely a racist, disgusting statement. I don’t think there’s any other way to interpret it.”
* “The remark made by Congressman DeSantis was racist and offensive and has no place in our political discourse,” said Sean Shaw, Democratic nominee for attorney general of Florida, according to the Orlando Weekly. “Racism is cancer that must be weeded out [sic]. DeSantis should step aside if he cannot find a way to apologize and control the language that comes out of his mouth.”
Team DeSantis, no surprise, rejected these phony, ad hominem attacks. “Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses,” said DeSantis spokesman David Vasquez. “To characterize it as anything else is absurd. Florida’s economy has been on the move for the last eight years, and the last thing we need is a far-left Democrat trying to stop our success.” DeSantis himself directly denied these racism accusations. “This is not about race,” the 39-year-old congressman told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on August 29. “This is about ideas and principles. And I’m not going to let the Democrats and Andrew Gillum try to obscure a debate about whether his tax increases, his single-payer health-care plan, his desire to abolish ICE — whether that is something that is acceptable for Florida. I don’t think it is, and I don’t care what color you are.” Those on the left — not DeSantis — heard the word “monkey” and instantly thought of black people. Now that’s racism. If DeSantis had said, “Florida voters should not vote for that monkey, Andrew Gillum,” that would be racist. Although, somehow, it would not be considered racist to call Gillum “chicken,” a conniving snake, an untrustworthy weasel, a profligate pig, or a strutting peacock. Regardless, the monkeys and apes that inhabit anti-black imagery would have opened DeSantis to this criticism. However, DeSantis argued that a socialist agenda, tax hikes, and consequent bankruptcy would “monkey this up” — not Gillum himself. Amazingly enough, supposedly non-racist Democrats — of all people — repeatedly have used “monkey” rhetoric. But no one has thrown racism penalty flags at their feet. Town Hall’s Katie Pavlich last Thursday caught numerous “monkeys” leaping from Democrats’ lips. “I’m old enough to remember when the Dems didn’t think ‘Monkey Around’ was racist,” Rich Weinstein observed via Twitter. He then provided 16 such examples. Among them:
* “It was all right to monkey around with Columbus Day, and even the birthday of the father of our country,” said the late senator Robert Byrd (D., W.Va.), a former recruiter and Exalted Cyclops with the Ku Klux Klan.
* Bill Nelson, a Democrat from — wait for it — Florida, told his fellow U.S. senators, “We’re not trying to monkey around with the flood-insurance program.”
* Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York: “Our Republican colleagues, even in their tax bill, caused premiums to go up by monkeying around with healthcare.”
* Schumer’s deputy, Senator Richard Durbin (D., Ill.), said on the Senate floor that a federal program “is in balance, if you do it in constant dollars, so there is no monkeying around with numbers here.”
* Senator Bernie Sanders (Socialist, Vt.), who caucuses with the Democrats, lamented that bankers “have the ability to monkey around with interest rates.”
* Senator Angus King (Independent, Maine) also caucuses with the Democrats. He said: “All along, the Health and Human Services Department has been monkeying around with the website.”
* Obama’s former White House press secretary Jay Carney told journalists: “Nobody here of any party has, until 2011, monkeyed around with that proposition.”
* Josh Ernest, another Obama press secretary, identified “significant risk associated with monkeying around with the debt limit.”
“Let me guess,” one reader of FloridaPolitics.com joked: “If Mayor Gillum ever orders cheese and crackers, someone will say he is being a racist.” If you want real racism, however, consider a robocall, which was sponsored by white supremacists in Idaho. It befouled Florida last weekend: “Well, hello there,” the telephone ad started, amid banging drums and shrieking monkeys. “I is Andrew Gillum. We Negroes . . . done made mud huts while white folk waste a bunch of time making their home out of wood an’ stone,” the independent call continued, according to the Washington Post. The Gillum impersonator added that he will let black suspects avoid arrest “if the Negro know fo’ sho’ he didn’t do nothin’.” Team DeSantis slammed this bigotry — straight out: “This is absolutely appalling and disgusting — and hopefully whoever is behind this has to answer for this despicable action,” Stephen Lawson, a DeSantis campaign spokesman, said, as the Tampa Bay Times reported. “Our campaign has and will continue to focus solely on the issues that Floridians care about and uniting our state as we continue to build on our success.” Now, if DeSantis really used his alleged “dog whistle” to attract racist white voters, it would be foolish for him to repel these same bigots by denouncing this clearly racist ad. This confirms that the anti-DeSantis “racism!” smear is just the Left yet again deploying the race card as reflexively as a leg kicks after a rubber mallet taps its knee. The lesson here for the Right is simple: When Democrats, the Left, and the old-guard media hear the word “monkey” and associate it with blacks, they should be hammered as racists, just as anyone who hears “banker” speaks of Jews or hears “math and science” and instantly pictures Americans of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean descent. DeSantis should have said: “I was talking about monkeying up Florida’s economy with failed, big-government policies. Democrats heard the word ‘monkey,’ and instantly saw black faces. Shame on them! Their anti-black racism defiles civil discourse in this state and this nation. These Democrats should apologize to Floridians — black, white, and otherwise — for pumping prejudice into this campaign. Don’t do it again.” Along these lines, every member of the American center-right should internalize a spirit of strategic ruthlessness. A huge part of this involves taking the Left’s race cards, folding them up, and cramming them down their throats — without mercy.



The Dumb Effort to Paint DeSantis as a Racist
National Review

URL: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/ ... rnor-race/
Category: Politics
Published: August 31, 2018

Description: He may be guilty of Trump sycophancy, but he’s not a bigot.
I don’t know Representative Ron DeSantis, the GOP nominee for Florida governor. I met him once. He seemed nice enough. I know he’s got an impressive résumé. He went to Yale for his B.A. and Harvard for his law degree. He enlisted in the Navy and was deployed overseas as an adviser to the SEALs, among other laudable things. I’m told he’s thoughtful and a decent family man. I’m inclined to believe all of that. I’m also inclined to believe he won his primary race this week by beclowning himself. His victory was achieved by signaling in every way possible that no one loves President Trump more than he does. “Signal” is too subtle a word. DeSantis’s media strategy boiled down to taking every invitation to appear on Fox News (where I am a contributor) and slather the president with praise. His sycophancy sailed past icky to self-parody when DeSantis released an ad exploiting his family to prove his devotion. The ad opens with his wife, Casey, explaining, “Everyone knows my husband, Ron DeSantis, is endorsed by President Trump. But he’s also an amazing dad. Ron loves playing with the kids.” DeSantis is then seen encouraging his toddler daughter to “build the wall” with toy blocks. He reads from The Art of the Deal to his 4-month-old son. “Then Mr. Trump said, ‘You’re fired.’ I love that part,” DeSantis coos to the baby, behind a graphic reading, “Ron DeSantis: Pitbull Trump Defender.” Casey chimes back in, “People say he’s ‘all-Trump,’ but he’s so much more,” as her husband looks down at his baby son in a red “Make America Great Again” onesie. “Bigly. So good,” Mr. DeSantis adds.



I thought it was all gross. That a conservative (claiming to favor federalism) running for governor would make being a yes-man to the chief executive of the federal government his primary qualification is appalling. But it pales in comparison to using his own children as politicized props. I understand it’s supposed to be a joke, but the underlying message was: It’s funny because it’s true. Or maybe it wasn’t true, and cynicism, not worship, was his motivation. It was pathetic either way. I say all this to make it clear I am not a fan of how DeSantis ran or what he symbolizes in the new, Trumpified GOP. Still, unless there is some new evidence waiting in the wings, the effort to paint DeSantis as a racist is spectacularly, appallingly dumb. After winning the primary, DeSantis went on Fox News to talk up his victory and his plans for the general election. He was asked about his opponent, the very progressive mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum. Mayor Gillum has aligned himself with the democratic-socialist insurgency in the Democratic party. Gillum favors the abolition of ICE, a “living” minimum wage, single-payer health care and, of course, sweeping tax increases. DeSantis modestly praised Gillum, while adding that he was too liberal for Florida. “He is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views,” DeSantis said. “Let’s build off the success we’ve had on Governor Scott. 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.” And then the mainstream media lost its mind, insisting that this was a “dog whistle” to white racists. Why? Because Gillum is African-American, and DeSantis used the words “monkey” and “articulate.” Was it a poor choice of words? Sure, but only because the media is so determined to weaponize every alleged misstatement — by a Republican. (Democrats get to make easily weaponized gaffes all the time.) Like Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” remark, this wasn’t proof of bigotry but of liberals’ wanting all of their opponents to be the cartoon racists they imagine them to be. By the way, a Trump sycophant running against a black man doesn’t need clever code words to attract racists. He’s got that demo sewn up already. I will admit, one of the most troubling things about a Trumpified GOP is that it makes it harder for conservatives and Republicans (not the same thing) to defend themselves in these situations. Part of me is tempted to say, “You asked for this.” But such thinking will only worsen the problems afflicting not just the GOP but the country. Indeed, one of the reasons we are where we are is that the media has been “reporting” Democratic talking points as news for years. Which is why the “fake news” battle cry has proven so effective.



Democrats: ‘If We Lost, the Voters Must Be Racist’
National Review

URL: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/11/ ... be-racist/
Category: Politics
Published: November 9, 2018

Description: Storyline A: “We didn’t lose!” Storyline B: “If we did lose, it’s because you’re a racist!” The Democratic party’s transformation into an undergraduate intersectionality seminar at Oberlin is proceeding at a remarkable pace. The party’s current strategy is to scream “Racist!” at people voting for Mia Love and Tim Scott while insisting that Jared Kushner’s father-in-law and Benjamin Netanyahu’s best political friend is a scheming anti-Semite. At issue is the defeat of Andrew Gillum in the Florida governor’s race and of Stacey Abrams in the Georgia governor’s race. Democrats are busily trying to undo those defeats as of this writing (Florida Democrats have a real knack for suddenly discovering caches of ballots from sympathetic voters at the opportune moment) while simultaneously arguing that the reason these two candidates failed is that they are black, and that Donald Trump’s America is just one tweet away from repealing the 13th Amendment. Senator Bernie Sanders — who abandoned his native Brooklyn for Vermont, the whitest state in the union — insists that white voters are “uncomfortable” voting for a black candidate. Maybe some are. But Barack Obama won more than 100 more electoral votes running against Mitt Romney than Hillary Clinton won running against a man who’d never run for office before. The signals are at least mixed. There may be a less nefarious explanation: Florida hasn’t elected a Democratic governor since 1994. Alex Sink, the state’s chief financial officer, is at the moment the only Democrat to have been elected to a statewide office in Florida in this century. Georgia hasn’t elected a Democrat as its governor in this century, either. (Georgia went the entire 20th century without electing a Republican governor, and Georgia’s Democratic governors haven’t exactly been covered in glory: The state could have done without the services of Lester Maddox.) Democrats of all hues have had a hard time of it in those states in recent years, for good reason — the policies they support would be catastrophic for Georgia and Florida, two of the most prosperous states in the country. Florida is booming, and Georgia has been named the best state in the nation for doing business for five years in a row. Floridians and Georgians have good reason to be broadly happy with the direction of their governments. And what were the Democrats offering? Gillum has the taint of corruption on him after an FBI investigation into bribery in Tallahassee revealed that, while mayor, he accepted gifts from a man he thought was a favor-seeking developer but who was in fact a federal agent. One of Gillum’s campaign aides infamously denounced Florida as a “cracker state” — who is bringing race into the campaign again? — and Gillum ran on a far-left platform of abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, jacking up the minimum wage to $15, single-payer health care, and tax increases. Put him alongside Senator Elizabeth Warren and you’d have as airtight proof as you could ever ask for that political stupidity transcends all racial barriers. Abrams, who once was photographed proudly burning a Georgia state flag, ran a similarly hard-left campaign in Georgia, suggesting from the get-go that opposition to her agenda was founded in racism. We have no doubt that there are racists who vote for Republicans. We have no doubt that there are racists who vote for Democrats, and we are even more confident that there are some fairly vicious anti-Semites who support the Democratic party, some of whom we see on television from time to time. It’s a big country, and if 2 percent of the population is bananas, then there are 6.5 million or so embarrassing cases to choose from. There are hateful, god-awful elements broadly affiliated with the Right, and hateful, god-awful elements broadly affiliated with the Left. Picking out the worst of them and presenting those specimens as representative is the most sophomoric and cheap kind of politics there is. But that is the strategy to which the Democrats have committed themselves. Republican health-care reform? Racist. Regulatory reform? Racist. Defending the borders from an army of foreign nationals marching toward the United States with the stated objective of overrunning our security measures? Racist. Tax cuts? Racist. Can’t imagine why they lose.
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DeSantis is a ‘cotton-pickin’’ racist and Gillum is untouchable, media decrees

Postby smix » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:33 am

DeSantis is a ‘cotton-pickin’’ racist and Gillum is untouchable, media decrees
Orlando Sentinel

URL: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion ... story.html
Category: Politics
Published: November 5, 2018

Description: Out of the millions of line of bull malarkey spouted this election season, Andrew Gillum’s line on Ron DeSantis’ racial views is worth remembering. “Now I’m not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist,” Gillum said during a debate. “I’m simply saying the racists believe he’s a racist.” Wow, who knew there were so many racists in the media? I haven’t seen a Nate Silver poll yet, but I’m pretty sure 78 percent of the media believes DeSantis is a racist. That’s based on the number of stories they’ve done trying to convince people he’s a closet Klansman. The latest is Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue saying Florida’s gubernatorial race is “cotton-pickin’ important.” Politico, CNN and the usual crowd immediately went to DEFCON 1, since “cotton-pickin’” was obviously yet another dog-whistle alerting the ignorant masses that Gillum is black. “Republicans are going all-in on racism this midterm election cycle,” Rolling Stone reported. In a way, it brings the DeSantis cycle full circle. It began with him saying Florida’s economy is humming and “the last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda.” Never mind that a conga line of Democrats from Chuck Schumer to Dick Durbin to John Kerry to Obama White House spokesmen to President Obama himself have used the “monkey up” phrase over the years. Once the primaries were over, the important thing was to establish the DeSantis-Racist narrative. Monkey-gate was quickly followed by breathless reporting on DeSantis speaking at an annual conservative retreat called Restoration Weekend. The Washington Post proclaimed it a “racially-charged event,” which anyone who bothered to actually check it out would find hilarious if it weren’t such a smear. None of this was this was surprising, of course. Conflation and distortion are political tools used by Republicans and Democrats in every election. So is a media blind spot when it comes to reporting a candidate’s supposed links to shadiness. I’d call it a double standard, but much of media honestly sees nothing unusual about Gillum’s associations. Oh, the ongoing FBI investigation could not be totally ignored, especially since Gillum couldn’t get his story straight on who gave him what for free. But Gillum waved that away by saying he is TOUGH ON CRIME AND NOT A SOCIALIST! After all, PolitiFact even said Gillum is not a socialist because he doesn’t plan for the state to take over Walt Disney World and all other private businesses on Day One. And if that weren’t proof enough, Gillum also does not have a beard like Vladimir Lenin or Karl Marx. Which brings us to Dream Defenders. It’s a social justice movement that champions, among other things, open borders, boycotting Israel and the end to capitalism. Gillum has long extolled Dream Defenders and signed the group’s pledge that calls for the state to “divest from police.” Nobody’s quite sure what that means, but it doesn’t sound like your local law enforcement agencies will be getting any new squad cars or patrol officers from a Gillum administration. The last person to ask about the pledge is Gillum. When DeSantis did at a debate, Gillum said, “I have no idea what he is talking about.” He also probably has no idea Dream Defenders was part of a coalition that donated $3.5 milllion to his campaign. There’s nothing wrong about accepting legal donations or being linked to groups with controversial views. If you believe Florida should be a sanctuary state, have at it. What’s wrong is how Gillum has largely been allowed to slide, but even the flimsiest innuendo has been turned into smoking gun headlines incriminating DeSantis. Geez, imagine is he’d taken a big donation from a group that calls Israel a “colonial project” and says the country is inflicting genocide on Palestinians. Some might even consider those positions racist. But never mind. Gillum’s explanation is that he doesn’t endorse everything Dream Defenders stands for. Think that’d be good enough if DeSantis were being questioned? It would be for Politico, CNN, the New York Times and the rest of the gang. They’ve framed the Florida gubernatorial race as Mr. Harmless Progressive vs. Jefferson Davis. The thing is, not everybody is on board. Dream Defender co-founder Phillip Agnew said, “Andrew Gillum isn’t a friend of the movement. He is part of the movement.” Apparently nobody can call out Gillum and say he dislikes capitalism, Israel and law enforcement, but a lot of people believe he does. Please just ignore them. The media certainly did.
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