Dictionary.com posts definition of 'dog whistle' in response to DeSantis's 'monkey' comment
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Dictionary.com on Wednesday categorized as a "blatant" dog whistle comments from Florida GOP governor candidate Rep. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans Group of Florida mayors calls on DeSantis to issue mask mandate DeSantis promises to keep Florida open despite recent coronavirus case surge MORE, following his primary victory the night before.

DeSantis has come under fire after warning voters not to “monkey this up” by electing progressive Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor who would be the state’s first black governor.

“When the words ‘monkey this up’ are used to refer to electing a man of color, that would be a blatant...,” the Dictionary.com Twitter account wrote, linking to the definition of “dog whistle.”


The Dictionary.com definition of the phrase is: “A political strategy, statement, slogan, etc., that conveys a controversial, secondary message understood only by those who support the message.”

Democrats were quick to condemn the comments from DeSantis, who seeks to succeed the term-limited Gov. Rick Scott (R).

“That wasn’t just a dog whistle, that was a bullhorn,” said Gillum’s campaign manager.

DeSantis’s campaign has defended the comments, calling it “absurd” to characterize them as racist. 

“Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses. To characterize it as anything else is absurd," his communications director Stephen Lawson said in a statement to The Hill. 

Fox News, however, has denounced DeSantis’s comment, which he made during an interview on the network. 

Dictionary.com often trolls President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE, a vocal supporter of DeSantis, by sharing definitions or correcting his spelling in response to his tweets.