DeSantis: ‘Monkey This Up’ Comment Had ‘Nothing To Do With Race’ By Matt Shuham | August 30, 2018 11:39 am JOIN TPM FOR JUST $1 Florida Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis said again that his “monkey this up” comment had nothing to do with race. DeSantis: 'Monkey this up' comment had "nothing to do with race" pic.twitter.com/DR7UsbZJRT — TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) August 30, 2018 Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) is a reporter in TPM’s New York office covering corruption, extremism and other beats. Prior to joining TPM, he was associate editor of The National Memo and an editorial intern at Rolling Stone. Have a tip? Send it Here!