During an at times explosive debate between Florida gubernatorial candidates, Republican Ron DeSantis defended his ties to White supremacists, but Democrat Andrew Gillum came back with his Grandmother’s words in rebuttal.
The moderator—Todd McDermott—outlined the criticism aimed at DeSantis regarding his ties to different known White supremacists, but before the moderator could get to his question, DeSantis interrupted him.
DeSantis asked “how the Hell” he was supposed to know every single statement someone made in response to quotes McDermott read from an organization DeSantis aligned himself with on several occasions. The GOP candidate went on to list his credentials as proof of his character.
After DeSantis finished, his Democratic challenger got his chance to respond. Gillum said:
“As my grandmother used to say, ‘A hit dog will holler,’ and it hollered through this room.”
The colloquial phrase is a regional version of Shakespeare’s more recognized phrase from Hamlet: “the lady doth protest too much, methinks.” The meanings are the same; the more vehement the denial, the more believable the accusation.
As McDermott did before him, Gillum outlined additional ties between DeSantis and White supremacists, including some aiding with his campaign. Gillum ended his response by stating:
“Now, I’m not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist, I’m simply saying the racists believe he’s a racist.”
Gillum shared his rebuttal on his Twitter feed Wednesday night after the debate. Watch his full rebuttal here.
As my grandmother used to say — a hit dog will holler. pic.twitter.com/kC34Ldd0is
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) October 25, 2018
Feedback for Gillum’s debate comments and his tweet ran positive on Twitter.
We can’t be afraid to call out what everyone sees. If you don’t want to be called a racist then don’t be one. TY, future governor Gillum. ❤️
— Gaby Pacheco (@GabyPacheco1) October 25, 2018
All you had to do was state the FACTS and DeSantis looked deflated. There’s no tool more powerful than the truth! I hope Florida makes the right choice. Best of luck to you from Mississippi…
— ι ♡ вєтσ™ (@authentic_april) October 25, 2018
— Tyler – but wearing an old school hockey mask (@tylersoares) October 25, 2018
On this super-odd, super-busy day, I really did not have time to listen to this debate response by Andrew Gillum but, somehow, I’ve listened to it TEN TIMES!! 😂😂👏👏👏😂😂#BRAVISSIMO, Mr. Gillum! #BringItHome!! 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊
— Vincent Wright 🌊 (@VincentWright) October 25, 2018
Me too! 😄 pic.twitter.com/KOftpeAiSC
— TerminatorLX🏳️🌈✊🏾🌊 (@I_A_D_I) October 25, 2018
I feel really good about voting for Gillum, he is just the leader Florida wants and needs.#VoteDem up/down ballot
Get JIM CROW LAW out of FL Constitution, VOTE YES #4
Restore voting rights to our fellow Floridians, US citizens!#AMERICA LIVES
— Shayna (@citizenyid) October 25, 2018
Holy shit how do you even continue living when someone hands you an L with that much force. Oh my lord.
— 💀 Marc Skellington 💀 (@MarcStraight) October 25, 2018
— Ben Crossbones (@BenCrossbones) October 25, 2018
Bravo, sir. More democratic politicians should have the confidence, strength, and the directness in response that you showed.
Good luck on Nov 6.
— Aaron Smith (@aaronc_smith) October 25, 2018
That’s what we need in the Democratic party right now.
— Resistance🌊 (@morovis00687) October 25, 2018
— Burn (@MDiHeartkicks) October 25, 2018
Best debate line EVER
— Brn2RunGirl🎸 🌊🌊 (@TeaRocckanova) October 25, 2018
I know he was, and when I watched it on the news they were try not to laugh also. But it was great
— Lioness Brooks (@tonitina499) October 25, 2018
Dunked all over him. pic.twitter.com/n6kVX7VInL
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) October 25, 2018
More than a few hoped for a White House in the Democrat’s future.