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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"If we don't swear in a new governor until January, what is the rush for you?" Gillum said, referring to Florida Gov. Rick Scott and President Trump.
Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis' lead over Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum narrowed to just 33,000 votes on Saturday, resulting in a mandated machine recount of ballots. The results are due in Tallahassee on Thursday, and if Gillum gains about 15,000 votes, a hand recount will take place.
United States Postal Service claims it was not aware of any ballots being mishandled.
Miami-Dade County, Fla., election officials claimed that all of the votes for the area had been counted. But according to an anonymous tip, that appears to be untrue.
"Florida law requires an automatic machine recount in any race where the margin of victory is within one half of one percentage point."
Andrew Wheeler also joins the club of Trump's administrators who deny being racist.
Ethics violations pushed Scott Pruit, former EPA Chief to
resign last year, and President Trump replaced him with Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, who likes racist social media posts about the Obamas.
American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic political action committee, found social media posts belonging to Wheeler that spanned defending alt-right member Milo Yiannopoulos' tweet to encourage the harassment of actress Leslie Jones, to liking Infowars tweets, to Dinesh D'Souza's discrediting of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, to an ape depiction of the Obamas.
Even if she told her psychiatrist exactly the same thing—which she did not—one cannot corroborate one's own story. That requires independent evidence, entirely missing in this case #KavanaughConfirmation
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) September 17, 2018
James Woods was locked out for sharing a satirical meme because it could "impact an election".
Any information could "impact an election".
Are we now to take it we cannot even discuss politics?
And will this be equally enforced against leftists?
Don't hold your breath.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) September 22, 2018
NEW: EPA chief Andrew Wheeler liked a racist FB image of the Obamas on an Italian meme page called "My mom is a virgin."
In an email, he told me he doesn't remember doing it.
He also repeatedly engaged with conspiracy theorists on Twitter. https://t.co/i1NfEQPNsa pic.twitter.com/Ox4tb8J9iS
— Alexander Kaufman (@AlexCKaufman) October 9, 2018
Wheeler's response to the outing of his favorite social media posts:
"Over the years, I have been a prolific social media user, and liked, and inadvertently liked, countless social media posts," Wheeler said, in an email to The Huffington Post. "Specifically, I do not remember the post depicting President Obama and the First Lady. As for some of the other posts, I agreed with the content and was unaware of the sources."
Some racists in Trump's camp, who were outed, lost their positions. Carl Higbie of AmeriCorps stepped down after racist and sexist remarks he made on radio surfaced. Ian Smith of Homeland Security resigned after his ties to white nationalists were revealed on emails. Rev. Jamie Johnson, also of Homeland Security, resigned after his comments surfaced about Black people being lazy, and Islam being a violent religion.
For those lucky enough to stay on the White House payroll, they continue to be policy makers.
Ronald Vitiello, acting ICE director, attended an anti-immigration group's conference last month (Federation for American Immigration Reform) where an anti-Muslim group, ACT for America, honored former ICE Director Thomas Homan.
Stephen Miller, White House adviser, helped institute the Muslim travel ban, separate immigrant children and parents, and is working on plans to limit and strip citizenship of documented immigrants. He was heard saying last year in National Security Council meetings: "We must save Americans from these immigrant criminals!"
And, of course, Mike Pence lauded former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of ignoring a judge's order to stop systematic racial profiling patrols in the Phoenix area, as a "tireless champion of strong borders and the rule of law." Arpaio was pardoned by Trump last year, and ran for (but lost) an US Senate seat.
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Neo-Nazis Hear Ron 'Monkey This Up' DeSantis' Dog Whistle, Respond with Racist Robocalls Targeting Andrew Gillum
The call going out to Florida voters is narrated by a man using a minstrel dialect with jungle noises in the background.
Protestors continue to stop luxuries like dining and shopping for team Trump while policies erode immigrant families.
Family separations continue to yield an uproar from the American public in large ways, like the 600 marches in late June, and in smaller impactful ways — namely confronting President Trump's camp during their leisure time. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Steve Bannon were both interrupted this past weekend.
"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."
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