Black Florida Pastors Denounce Ron DeSantis’ ‘Monkey This Up’ Comment

Several South Florida pastors are banding together to denounce Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis after his “monkey this up” remark while speaking about the policies of Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum.

Pastors from five predominantly black churches in Miami-Dade County stood outside the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church on Thursday morning as they challenged DeSantis to clear the cloud that hangs over him in the race for Florida governor.

“Politics is not only a political thing, but it’s a moral thing and an honorable thing, and … the words that came out of Mr. DeSantis’ mouth (were) not moral and (were) not honorable,” the Rev. Carl Johnson said.

Their message comes a day after DeSantis’ controversial words were used to discuss Gillum’s policies during a live television interview on Fox News.

“The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state,” DeSantis said Wednesday morning.

Johnson, a pastor at the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church, and the other clergymen warned of the danger that comes with using one of the oldest stereotypes to discredit Gillum, who is black.

“We know that this is a political battle, but it needs moral clarity because the fight is not just for the soul of Florida, (but) for the soul of our country,” the retired Rev. Joaquin Willis said. “We need a governor capable of taming his tongue.”

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SOURCE: Peter Burke