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Rep. Ron DeSantis, Florida's Republican gubernatorial nominee.
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Ron DeSantis, Florida’s Republican gubernatorial
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  • A conservative activist and donor to Rep. Ron DeSantis,
    Florida’s Republican nominee for governor, called President
    Barack Obama a “F—- MUSLIM N—-” in a recent Tweet.
  • Steven Alembik told Politico that he is “absolutely
    not” a racist, and insisted it should be socially acceptable
    for him to use the N-word to refer to black people.
  • The DeSantis campaign condemned the comment, the latest
    in a series of racially-charged incidents concerning the
    candidate, who is running against Florida’s first-ever black
    nominee for governor.

A conservative activist and donor to Rep. Ron DeSantis, Florida’s
Republican nominee for governor, called President Barack Obama a
“F—- MUSLIM N—-” in a recent Tweet, and has made other
offensive comments online.

While Steven Alembik, who says he has known DeSantis for years,
insisted that he’s “absolutely not” a racist, he argued in an
interview with Politico, which first reported the comments, that
it should be socially acceptable for him to use the N-word to
refer to black people.

“So somebody like Chris Rock can get up onstage and use the word
and there’s no problem? But some white guy says it and he’s a
racist? Really?” Alembik said, adding, “I grew up in New York in
the ’50s. We were the k—-. They were the n——. They were the
goyim. And those were the s—-.”

The Boca Raton resident has donated a total of $22,920 to
DeSantis’ campaigns over the years and organized a gala featuring
DeSantis for a conservative group at President Donald Trump’s
private Mar-a-Lago resort last February.

The event was originally supposed to be held at a Boca Raton
resort, but
Alembik said he moved it to Mar-a-Lago
in a show of support
for Trump after a series of cancellations following the
president’s inflammatory comments about a white supremacist rally
in Charlottesville in August 2017.

Alembik said his tweet about Obama — which was made in response
to a Republican National Committee tweet about the former
president — was made in a moment of anger and suggested that what
he says on Twitter shouldn’t be held to the same standards as
what he says in public.

“I’m an emotional human being. Do I have a filter on what I say?
In public, yes. Would I use that word in public? No. This is
Twitter,” he told Politico.

DeSantis’ campaign condemned the remarks.

“We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: we adamantly denounce
this sort of disgusting rhetoric,” DeSantis campaign spokesman
Stephen Lawson said in a statement.

This is the latest in a string of racially charged incidents that
have dogged DeSantis in the three-week-old general
election.


Just a day after the gubernatorial primary
, the
Trump-endorsed Republican was accused of making racially
insensitive remarks when he warned Floridians not to “monkey up”
the state by electing his opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew
Gillum — the state’s first-ever black gubernatorial nominee.

Since then, it has emerged that DeSantis spoke at several
conferences organized by right-wing activist David Horowitz, who
has made controversial statements about slavery and Islam. And
the campaign has been
forced
to disavow
multiple
associates and
supporters
who have made racially insensitive remarks.

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