Some slammed DeSantis' word choice, saying his "monkey this up" comment had racial undertones.
Gillum accused DeSantis of "taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump."
"But I think he's got another thing coming to him if he thinks that in today's day and age ... Florida voters are going to respond to that level of derision and division," Gillum told Fox News. "They're sick of it."
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A spokesman for DeSantis issued a clarification to Fox News on Wednesday afternoon:
"Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses," the statement said. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd."
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