The morning after the Florida primaries, MP Ron DeSantis – the recently elected government-appointed GOP candidate – went on national television and used a racist whistle to comment on his opponent.
"The last thing we need to do is rack up trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupt state," said DeSantis of his Democratic challenger, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who it's black.
The comment should not have been so surprising. DeSantis tried to be the most pro-Trump candidate in the GOP primaries, including by posting an announcement about how he teaches his children to love everything about Donald Trump, and the president used many of his racists.
But beyond his president's embrace, DeSantis has made a name for himself by promoting conspiracy theories that have been flaunted by the radical right and play in racial stereotypes. On four occasions, he spoke at conferences organized by a conservative activist who propagandized the role of white Americans in freeing blacks from slavery and stated that "the only serious race war in the country" is against whites.
"Liberal media are doing all they can to help Andrew Gillum win this race and this includes writing stories that arouse fear and emotions about the race, not just rejecting your plot, but condemning your entire narrative," said Stephen Lawson , director of communications for DeSantis.
Here are some other conspiracies that DeSantis has embraced:
ISIS can recruit from Black Lives Matter protests.
In 2016, DeSantis agreed with Fox Business Conductor Neil Cavuto to be concerned that the ISIS terrorist group could be recruited from Black Lives Matter's protests.
"I worry about this, in the sense that reaching them does not even involve a meeting between a terrorist recruiter and someone who is disillusioned," DeSantis said on September 22, 2016. "It could simply expose people to the different propaganda that you see on the internet. on social media sites … So it's definitely a problem, and ISIS I think has proven to be quite sophisticated in capitalizing on some people who have underlying problems. "
The founding fathers were not racist.
In 2011, DeSantis wrote a book called Dreams of our founding fathers: the first principles in the age of Obama. In it, sorry the compromise of the three fifths, which considered a person of color as only three-fifths of a whole person to determine the representation of the Congress.
DeSantis defends the Founding Fathers for accepting the compromise because "counting slaves as less than one person for purposes of representation has benefited the anti-slavery states".
The fact that slaves are counted as three-fifths of a white person gave the slave states extra representation without actually having to allow blacks to vote.
Islamophobic conspiracy groups have merit.
Over the years, DeSantis has been promoted with the help of figures that propagate rhetoric and Islamophobic policies. In 2014, he did an interview on Frank Gaffney's radio show. Gaffney founded the Center for Security Policy, which the Southern Poverty Law Center calls "a conspiratorial spokesperson for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States". In 2017, DeSantis spoke at the annual ACT conference for America, another group that pushes anti-Muslim conspiracy theories.
DeSantis also pushed to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, an idea that the Trump administration supports and people like the Gaffney champion.
As noted by Shadi Hamid at the Brookings Institution, "There is literally one American expert on the Muslim Brotherhood who supports the designation." Furthermore, there is no plausible argument to label the group as a terrorist organization, at least according to the relevant legal criteria, as Will McCants and Benjamin Wittes present, they summarize it quite well: the designation "would be illegal".
American values are falling in the "age of Obama".
In 2008, the conservatives took a clip of a black woman named Peggy Joseph who said that if the then presidential candidate Barack Obama had won, "I will not have to worry about putting gas in my car. my mortgage, you know, if I help him, he will help me. "
There is nothing extraordinary in Joseph's comments. People always vote for politicians because they believe they will make the country – and often their personal lives – better. Some candidates may have policies that could put more money in their pockets or lead to better representation.
But DeSantis spoke of Joseph – and of the Obama campaign – as if they were radicals detached from the "principles on which the country was founded".
In a speech in 2011, he said that with the founding fathers, "think about things like:" Give me freedom or give me death "; and "I'm only sorry that I have only one life to lose for my country".
But, he added, "in the era of Obama … there are people like that woman who voted for Obama, who said that since Obama was president, he would not have to worry about putting gas in his car or paying a mortgage. "
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Obama is a secret communist.
The right has long been trying to say that Obama secretly supports communism – a non-American value, of course. In his 2011 book, DeSantis credits some of these theories. He writes that Obama had a "mentorship" with "Frank Marshall Davis, an African-American communist writer with bitterly anti-American visions".
"He certainly would not have discussed Davis Dreams of my father Davis's advice did not have an impact on him, "wrote DeSantis.
The Washington Post looked at Davis and his relationship with Obama, and wrote that Davis "was indeed associated with the Communist Party," but he was not a "hard communist spying on Soviet leaders." He was critical of American society, but not America as a country. "
DeSantis, in his book, also implied that Obama's mother was a communist. Observes that one of his high school teachers said he would ask questions about the Cold War as "What's so good about capitalism? What's wrong with communism? What's there? good in communism? "He also mentioned the fact that one of his classmates referred to her as a" traveling companion ", which is sometimes used to describe someone who is a communist. There is no evidence that Obama's mother was a communist.