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Political Swamp Mouths: Minnesota's Jason Lewis and Florida's Ron DeSantis

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  • Part 1:There are new recordings from Jason Lewis’ lightning-rod past as a talk radio host.
  • Will it matter this time?
  • Part 2: Ron DeSantis’s ‘monkey’ comment
  • Just the start of his racist dog-whistling

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1:There are new recordings from Jason Lewis’ lightning-rod past as a talk radio host. Will it matter this time?

Steven Schier, a professor of politics at Carleton College, said the newly-released Lewis comments could have an impact in November if Democrats are able to make the case that they’ve reflected his priorities and actions as a member of Congress.

Sam Brodey, MinnPost

https://www.minnpost.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_detail/images/articles/JasonLewisHeadPointing640.png07/26/2018 | It’s a story that might sound familiar to Minnesotans: Jason Lewis, the one-time conservative talk radio firebrand, is facing intense criticism for his past comments about race and women — and he’s unapologetically defending himself.

In 2016, after Lewis jumped into the Republican primary for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, his talk radio past became a major issue when released recordings of his syndicated show aired Lewis’ claims that young women were “non-thinking” and that Hurricane Katrina victims are a “bunch of whiners.”

https://www.minnpost.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/author_photo/images/author/SamBrodeyIllo190.pngSam Brodey is MinnPost's Washington (DC) correspondent.

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Part 2: Ron DeSantis’s ‘monkey’ comment was just the start of his racist dog-whistling

Jonathan Capehart, Washington (DC) Post

August 30, 2018 | Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s victory in the Democratic primary for Florida governor wasn’t even 12 hours old when his Republican challenger, Rep. Ron DeSantis, hurled a few race cards into the general-election campaign. Of course, he did this during an interview on Fox News, that safe space for conservatives to wallow in demeaning stereotypes and petty grievances.

“Let’s build off the success we’ve had on Gov. [Rick] Scott,” DeSantis said. “The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/washpost/1b427798-1acf-4c2d-acd2-bdea3775e52e.png&w=200&h=200&t=20170517aPulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart, is an Opinion writer and a member of the Washington (DC) Post editorial board focusing on the intersection of social and cultural issues and politics.

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