DeSantis under fire for don't 'monkey this up' comment

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You should familiarize yourself with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, as the Florida gubernatorial race will be one of the main races to watch this November, largely thanks to his surprising victory in Tuesday night's Democratic primary.

He often said he was the only candidate in the race who wasn't a millionaire or billionaire.

"During the interview, he made what some are calling an inappropriate comment about his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum", host Sandra Smith said after DeSantis had left the show.

"I'm going to stay true, I'm going to stay true to my values", Gillum said. He will take on Rep. Ron DeSantis, who prides himself on his closeness with President Trump, who enthusiastically backed him.

To be sure, the Florida primary has gotten a lot of attention because of the nominations of DeSantis and Gillum.

Trump welcomed DeSantis's victory in Florida and criticized Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, the Florida capital.

The DeSantis Campaign put out a statement saying, "Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses..." "He thinks that in today's day and age Florida's voters are going to respond to that level of division".

Gillum also told Fox News he has no intention of moving further to the center after winning the primary as the most liberal candidate on the ballot.

Gillum unsuccessfully ran to be the chair of the Florida Democratic Party in 2010. "I'm going to be here to do the business of the people of the state of Florida".

Mr Gillum, a far-left Democrat seeking to become the state's first black governor, and Mr DeSantis, a Trump-endorsed Republican, are political opposites, both seeking to drum up voter turnout among their parties' most ardent supporters. The Democratic Governors Association and other political groups also levied criticism. She moved to the right - backing away from a bill to protect Dreamers, embracing the border wall, and labeling outlets "fake news" - but still hasn't said if she voted for Trump in 2016.

President Donald Trump, whose endorsement of Ron DeSantis was pivotal in Florida's Republican primary for governor, signaled this morning that he plans to get involved in the general election as well.

Stephen Lawson, communications director for the DeSantis campaign, said it was "absurd" to call DeSantis' comments racist.

Ron DeSantis at a rally with Donald Trump. "Andrew is a progressive young leader who brings voice and vision for Florida, and I support him 100 percent". Gillum is mayor of the city of Tallahassee and Trump said Gillum has "allowed crime and many other problems to flourish in the city".

Florida is the country's third most populous state after California and Texas and will be a decisive vote in the next presidential election, where the U.S. president won by just one percentage point in 2016. Despite a recent decrease, Leon county's crime rate alluded to by Trump is still the highest in the state. Just days before Tuesday's primary, Sen.