His Republican opponent, Ron Desantis, responds in typical racist dog whistle fashion:
Let's disambiguate the Desantis statement in the video:
"Andrew Gillum is an articulate monkey who performed better than his Democratic primary oppents."
White people may be fully appreciative of the offensiveness of the word "monkey" as it is used here.
However, Black people are keenly aware of the dog whistles that are burried in words like "articulate" and "perform".
If you don't get it, don't worry, you don't have to understand.
Not knowing, or not appreciating, or even not caring, what is racist and inherently offensive to Black folks is one of the perks of white privilege...