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Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis debate: “Racist believe he’s a racist”

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Ron DeSantis (left) and
Andrew Gillum (right)

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  • Former Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis said he should not
    be held accountable for his speeches at far-right events and
    donations he received from racist supporters.
  • That was part of a heated gubernatorial debate between
    DeSantis and his Democratic opponent and mayor of Tallahassee,
    Andrew Gillum on Wednesday night.
  • “How the hell am I supposed to know every single
    statement somebody makes?” DeSantis said at a debate, visibly
    agitated. “I am not going to bow down to the altar of political
    correctness.”
  • Gillum took note of DeSantis’ answer and recounted an
    allegory: “My grandmother used to say a hit dog will holler,”
    Gillum said. “And it hollered through this room.”
  • The audience erupted in cheers.

Audience members attending the final gubernatorial debate between
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and former Republican Rep. Ron
DeSantis erupted in cheers after Gillum challenged DeSantis
for giving speeches at far-right events and accepting
donations from a person who called former President Barack Obama
a racial slur.

“How the hell am I supposed to know every single statement
somebody makes?” DeSantis
said
, visibly agitated. “I am not going to bow down to the
altar of political correctness.”

Gillum took note of DeSantis’ answer and recounted an allegory:
“My grandmother used to say a hit dog will holler,” Gillum said.
“And it hollered through this room.”

“Mr. DeSantis has spoken, first of all, he’s got neo-Nazis
helping him out in this state,” Gillum said. “He has spoken at
racist conferences, he’s accepted a contribution, and would not
return it, from someone who referred to the former president of
the United States as a Muslim ‘n—-r.'”

“When asked to return that money, he said no. He’s using that
money now to fund negative ads,” Gillum added. “Now, I’m not
calling Mr. DeSantis a racist, I’m simply saying the racists
believe he’s a racist.”

DeSantis has spoken at at least four conferences hosted by
conservative activists, including one
who claimed
that “the country’s only serious race war,
against whites, continues.”

The former Republican lawmaker was also accused of accepting
around $20,000 from a Republican activist who called Obama a
“F—–G MUSLIM N—-R.” DeSantis’ campaign
reportedly
said none of the activist’s donations were made in
the general election, and that the campaign returned some of the
money.

“I’m not responsible for it, reject it,” DeSantis said to
reporters at the time. “We’re focused on our message, and we’re
focusing on what we’re putting out.”

The two candidates squared off in the debate on Wednesday evening
in West Palm Beach, Florida, where a
Florida poll
shows Gillum leading by one percentage point — a
statistical toss-up.

You can watch the video here »

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