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Today Trump-acolyte Ron DeSantis, who won Florida’s GOP gubernatorial primary, promptly warned GOP voters not to “monkey this up” with Democrat Andrew Gillum, who surged past polling leader Gwen Graham to become the first African American to be a major party nominee for Florida governor. Predictably, conservatives insisted DeSantis’ quote was “taken out of context,” but Gillum said “It’s very clear that Mr. DeSantis is taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump” and many commenters including a Fox News host denounced the racist metaphor. Will Republicans increasingly push racism and white grievance to fire up their base?

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