MSNBC contributor and Washington Post Columnist Jonathan Capehart Wednesday night, became the first person to declare the term “performed well” as hurtful and offensive to African-Americans.
Capehart appeared on “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell and was asked about comments made earlier in the day by Ron DeSantis. Capehart responded, “We are all focusing on the ‘monkey’ line,” adding “but that was the third of three things that he said that I as an African-American picked up right away.”
Capehart continued, “The second word that he used that the more that I hear it, the more angry I get about it. … DeSantis said he watched the Democratic debates, and that Gillum performed well. Not that he had good ideas that he disagreed with, but he performed well. So you have an African-American who’s articulate, who performs, and is, you know, monkeying things up.”
Capehart concluded, “Any decent person in 2018 who has any sense of empathy or understanding of where the country is right now would acknowledge the fact that what he said was something that was not just hurtful but was also offensive, and has no place in American politics. But that kind of thinking is sort of pre-Trump. We are in a post-Trump world now.”
Earlier in the day Ron DeSantis said on Fox News when speaking about his opponent, “He is an articulate spokesman for those far left views, and he’s a charismatic candidate. And you know I watched those Democrat debates none of that was my cup of tea, but I mean he performed better than the other people there. So we got to work hard to make sure that we continue Florida going in a good direction. Let’s build Off of the success we’ve had under Gov. Scott the last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda.”