So what’s all this “monkey business” I’ve been hearing all about?

Ok.  Here we go again, for the benefit of our slow liberal friends and/or closet racists, and those of us who see everything through a racial prism everywhere.

All of this “monkey business” has been brought to the forefront by liberal politicians and their supporting biased mainstream media friends who love to try and play the race card whenever and wherever they can.

Last week, Republican Florida gubernatorial candidate, Representative Ron DeSantis urged Florida voters not to “monkey this [election] up” by voting for his Democrat opponent Andrew Gillum (who happens to be a black man).

DeSantis has already come out and stated that his comment had “zero to do with race,” adding, “I don’t care what color you are.”

That didn’t help him to avoid numerous racially driven responses, however:

“It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement.

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and Fox News’s Sandra Smith also condemned DeSantis’s comments.

“It’s how white folks talk about black men who are successful,” Steele said on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press.”

(And how exactly would you know this Mr. Steele?  Can you cite any examples?  Do you have any quotes?  Or is this something that floats around in your racist head?  BINGO!)

Smith, speaking on behalf of the network on Wednesday, said, “We do not condone this language and wanted to make our viewers aware that he has since clarified his statement.”

(What exactly is it about this language that you or your network don’t “condone” Ms. Smith?  If you’re willing to make some racial leap here, go ahead, but just to let you know that most of us out here aren’t taking that leap with you.)

Gillum, himself, responded by saying, “He doesn’t need to apologize to me, he needs to apologize to Florida voters, because if he thinks that those kind of shenanigans are going to be persuasive enough in this midterm election to turn their way, I think he’s badly mistaken.”

(When someone refers to “monkey” this or “monkey that,” and you equate that statement to a black person somehow, I believe that’s on you.)

Here are some common “monkey” phrases and their meanings:

Monkey business

Broadly speaking, monkey business refers to fooling around or any sort of mischievous behavior.

Monkey wrench

The exact reasons why this adjustable wrench ended up being called a monkey wrench are still disputed. “Throwing a monkey wrench into the works” implies we are disrupting or causing problems to a plan or an activity.

Monkey see, monkey do

This phrase refers to an example of basic imitation, in which the imitator copies another but does not actually understand what the other person is doing.

More fun than a barrel of monkeys

Apparently because monkeys are perceived as being fun or funny.  Not sure where the barrel part came from.

Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!

Used to express surprise or disbelief.  It is believed this phrase dates back to 1925, the year of the Scopes Monkey trial, a landmark court case in Tennessee over the legality of teaching evolution in a state-funded school. This phrase is usually regarded as a sarcastic response to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

A monkey on one’s back

Although this phrase started off specifically referring to some kind of a drug problem, monkey referring to the addiction or the symptoms of withdrawal, it eventually came to refer to any problem or issue that was a burden to someone.

Monkeying around

Playing around or goofing off.

Grease monkey

A mechanic.

Making a monkey out of someone

To do something that makes someone seem stupid or ridiculous.

Monkey suit

Usually a tuxedo. Possibly in reference to the fancy suits worn by an organ-grinder’s monkey.

Monkey with something or somebody

To mess around with something or somebody.

Monkey something up

To mess something up or screw something up.


Well, there you have it.  A fairly complete list of “monkey” related sayings in our lexicon.

Hey, did you think about a black person at all when reading through the list?  I didn’t, and I don’t think most people would either.

Like I said, when someone refers to “monkey” this or “monkey that,” and they equate that statement to a black person somehow, I believe that’s on them, and if the shoe fits….

Thanks to The Hill’s Tal Axelrod for contributing to this article.

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