Immediately after winning Florida’s Republican gubernatorial primary, Rep. Ron DeSantis — the candidate endorsed by Donald Trump — was branded a racist for using the phrase “monkey this up” in connection with his African-American opponent.

The controversy was still thriving on Thursday morning, stoked by cable news shows, where indignation flared anew.

DeSantis, appearing on Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday night, said his “monkey this up” comment “has zero to do with race. It has everything to do with whether we want Florida to continue to go in a good direction, building off the success, or do we want to turn to left wing socialist policies which will absolutely devastate our state?”

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