Last night, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, the GOP’s Florida gubernatorial nominee, debated Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrat nominee for governor. Gillum wiped the floor with DeSantis who refused to answer questions and constantly pivoted to attacking Gillum instead of focusing on his own record — of course focusing on his record would be tough considering DeSantis has never governed. However, one of the strangest moments was when DeSantis dismissed a donor using the N-word as a “mistake.”
Steven A. Alembik is a conservative activist who donated more than $20,000 to DeSantis. In September, he tweeted that former president Barack Obama was a “F—KING MUSLIM N—ER.” DeSantis refused to return the money and his campaign released a weak statement that read, “We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: we adamantly denounce this sort of disgusting rhetoric.”
During the CNN debate last night, Jake Tapper asked Florida voters if they are concerned about his “tolerance” since he did not return the money from a clear racist and and because of his “monkey this up” comment. Santis responded, “He made a mistake, he apologized.” See below:
How exactly is calling Obama a “Muslim N-word” a mistake? That is clear racism and shows that we are in a culture where the N-word can be chalked up to a mistake when it’s not. Using the N-word is who Alembik is and DeSantis has no issue with it. But this should be no shock, the Republican nominee has a long history of associating with white supremacists.