ORLANDO, Fla. — Andrew Gillum, the black Democratic nominee for governor in Florida, said Wednesday that it was “clear” his GOP rival “is going to join Donald Trump in the swamp” after Ron DeSantis said in a television interview that the state should not “monkey this up” by electing Gillum.

“We’re going to leave them there, and we continue to press toward a higher mark,” Gillum said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Meet The Press Daily.”

Gillum was responding to a comment DeSantis made in an interview Wednesday morning on Fox News when speaking about his newly minted general election rival, a progressive who won his party’s nomination in an upset on Tuesday night.

“You know, he is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views and he’s a charismatic candidate,” DeSantis said. “The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state. That is not going to work. That’s not going to be good for Florida.”

Gillum said later that his opponent, who was met with fierce backlash for his remarks, was trying to divide voters in the state.

“We’re better than this in Florida. I believe the congressman can be better than this. I regret that his mentor in politics is Donald Trump, but I do believe that voters of the state of Florida are going to reject the politics of division.”

Image: Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis

Chuck Todd, the host of “Meet the Press Daily,” said DeSantis was invited to appear…