Ron 'Monkey it Up' DeSantis Spoke at Racist Events
GOP Florida governor candidate said "what an honor" to speak at four annual events whose organizers feel the only race war is against whites.
GOP nominee for Florida governor Rep. Ron "Monkey This Up" DeSantis has spoken at least four times at conferences led by David Horowitz, who The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) calls "a driving force of the anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-Black movements."
Ron "Monkey This Up" DeSantis said on Fox News Aug. 29 when talking about Andrew Gillum, who is Black, winning the Democratic nomination, "The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda."
A report published by The Washington Post on Sunday confirms that DeSantis was a guest speaker at David Horowitz Freedom Center conferences in Palm Beach, Fla., and Charleston, S.C., in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
His expenses for the 2017 conference at a luxury resort in Palm Beach were covered by the Freedom Center, according to disclosure forms he filed as a member of Congress, the Post reports.
Horowitz has reportedly claimed that Blacks owe their freedom to white people, and that the only real American race war is against white people.
"I just want to say what an honor it's been to be here to speak," DeSantis said in his 2015 appearance.
"David has done such great work and I've been an admirer. I've been to these conferences in the past but I've been a big admirer of an organization that shoots straight, tells the American people the truth and is standing up for the right thing."
Horowitz founded the Center for the Study of Popular Culture in 1988.
In 2006, it was rebranded as the David Horowitz Freedom Center, launching "a network of projects giving anti-Muslim voices and radical ideologies a platform to project hate and misinformation," according to SPLC.
Besides Ron "Monkey This Up" DeSantis, polarizing white nationalists have also spoken at David Horowitz Freedom Center events, including Steve Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos and Sebastian Gorka.
Last week, Bannon was removed as the headline speaker of The New Yorker Festival's 19th edition after backlash.
President Trump backs Ron "Monkey This Up" DeSantis in the Florida gubernatorial race.
Regarding his participation in David Horowitz Freedom Center events, a spokeswoman for the congressman told The Washington Post that the candidate does not "buy into this 'six degrees of Kevin Bacon' notion that he is responsible for the views and speeches of others."
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The call going out to Florida voters is narrated by a man using a minstrel dialect with jungle noises in the background.
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"H&M: have you lost your damned minds?" New York Times columnist Charles Blow tweeted.
After intense backlash on social media and threats of a boycott H&M apologized for an advertisement on its website featuring a Black boy wearing a green hoodie with the phrase, "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle."
A group with WWII Nazi ties claims Gorka as a sworn member.
Word to the wise, this is what happens when weak minds go to waste.
The riots in Charlottesville this past weekend that left three dead has hit a nerve for many people of all ages, including me — a millenial who was primarily raised in Northern Virginia.
President Trump's statements on Charlottesville were designed not to rile his most loyal base — white supremacists.
President Donald Trump, after days of pressure and ridicule from both the left and right, on Monday afternoon finally condemned white supremacy by name, saying "racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists … that are repugnant to everything we hold dear."
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As racially divisive rhetoric and hate groups become more mainstream, "the platform for the alt-right" is trying to fit in, too — but advertisers are already running away.
The campaign and subsequent election of President Donald Trump have made hate groups and words more mainstream. And Breitbart News seems to be attempting to assimilate, too.
Victim mentality is the bedrock of Trump's base.
"I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." — Donald J. Trump
He has been proven right. Trump's strategy of cultivating a sense of victimhood for lower-middle-class white people by fueling hate in other groups started (in the public consciousness) with his denying President Obama's citizenship. He's preying on a distinct group of Americans.
The future of the white middle-class, defined as white people making a middle-class living doing semiskilled or unskilled labor, is bleak. Life expectancy is declining, attributed to "drinking, drugs and suicide."
The president tapped into this despair by creating a sense of victimhood with this failing demographic. They're victims — of that Black president, of environmental regulations, of political correctness, of hordes of brown people running across the border unchecked, of Muslim "extremism." But he (Steve Bannon) did it courting neo-Nazis and white supremacists — you can see it if you look for the pattern.
All within the past month:
- Just a few days before DeVos arrived at Bethune Cookman, President Trump issued a statement that he thought federal funding for HBCUs was unconstitutional. DeVos got the reception she deserved, and white people were able to cluck and finger wag at the "savage" Black people. Read her speech — it feeds directly into the false Trump description of Black communities as being in the "worst shape ever."
- Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer's torch-lit protests against tearing down the Confederate monuments in Virginia are oddly timed with Jeff "Bull Connor" Sessions announcing that the failed war on drugs would be amped up.
- The president asked "... Why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?" Neo-Nazis and neo-Confederates have historically focused on that question because the answer is that if the North had simply allowed slavery to continue in the slave states, the Civil War could have been avoided. White supremacists preach that white people should not have had to kill other white people for the benefit of Black enslaved people. David Duke made several tweets supporting Trump's comments.
Longer term, the pattern is very clear.
The president uses the term "America First," which was coined by Charles Lindbergh — American aviator and virulent Nazi supporter before WWII. The original Nazi use of "America First" origins are not known by most Americans, but every current day neo-Nazi knows it.
The president took a long time to disavow the endorsement of David Duke. What kind of person does David Duke endorse?
The president and people in his campaign retweeted neo-Nazi tweet several times.
The president did not mention Jews in his Holocaust Memorial Week statement. Hardly an oversight; his son-in-law is Jewish.
If you were waiting for more people to react critically to the absolute chaos we have been seeing, all you have to do is switch from CNN to Fox during the next crisis (that will pop up in five or 10 minutes). Trump's 35 percent support base watches a very different news than the other 65 percent. Giving up this peculiar worldview would mean giving up victimhood — it's not going to happen.
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