Yesterday during an interview on Fox News Florida Republican Ron Desantis used the phrase "monkey this up" to describe voting for the socialist economic policies of his political opponent in the Florida gubernatorial race.
This might not sound like a newsworthy occurrence, but it was - the Left half of the country went into full meltdown mode.
Desantis was talking about voting against the policies of his opponent, Democrat Andrew Gillum, who just so happens to be African-American.
Desantis' statement had nothing to do with race - the context of his words were based entirely on voting against high taxes and business regulations.
Even still, people love to get offended. Remember the Roseanne Barr controversy? Of course you do. Every pundit on MSNBC and CNN crawled up from the gutter to give an enraged diatribe to TV viewers to declare that Desantis was dog whistling to white supremacists.
Many on the Left have suggested "monkey" can't be used as a verb in the manner in which Desantis used the word.
According to a 2001 entry on Merriam-Webster's website, Desantis did not misuse the word "monkey", and the definition of the word, when used as a verb, has nothing to do with race.
Monkey: to act in a grotesque or mischievous manner; fool, trifle
So there ya go - Desantis was using the word according to a common definition as described by Merriam-Webster, one of the leading authorities on the English language.
For whatever it's worth, on September 4th, 2008 Democrat Barack Obama said, "Democrats have been known to monkey around with elections."
Also notable, on September 23rd, 2016, Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein said, "No one has ever been allowed to monkey around with our electoral system."
And on April 24th, 2017, Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer said, "Donald Trump threw a monkey wrench with the wall."
It's kinda silly that we even had to say this out loud, but everything isn't about race, folks. Calm down! Look, I'm not saying I would have chosen to use the same words as Desantis. In light of what happened to Roseanne Barr after her now infamous comment about Valerie Jarrett, Republicans should probably avoid any analogy involving the words "ape", "monkey", or any other basic form of primate. But that doesn't mean Desantis is a racist. Not even close.
This is all nothing more than a distraction from real issues. Democrats know they haven’t won a Governor’s race in Florida since the last century and they’re desperate to change that fact. Ron Desantis has become their punching bag.