Florida voters received racist robocalls from someone claiming to be Andrew Gillum, the state’s first Black nominee for governor, after Gillum’s opponent blew a dog whistle to draw the attention of white supremacists to the race.
The robocalls, using an old-time minstrel dialect to seek support for Gillum’s campaign, were linked to a podcast associated with Idaho white supremacist Scott D. Rhodes, CBS News reported.
Voters, mainly in Tallahassee where Gillum is the mayor, started to receive the calls on Friday, which were paid for by The Road to Power video podcast based in Idaho.
“This is reprehensible – and could only have come from someone with intentions to fuel hatred and seek publicity,” stated Gillum’s campaign spokesman Geoff Burgan.
This attack against Gillum comes as no surprise. Less than 24 hours after winning the GOP nomination for governor, Rep. Rob DeSantis warned Florida voters during a Fox News interview on Wednesday that his Democratic rival would “monkey up” the state. A closer look at the Trump-backed candidate’s background revealed that he has vast connections with white supremacists, contradicting DeSantis’ flimsy denial that he’s not a racist.
Rhodes was previously linked to anti-immigrant robocalls in Iowa two days after the Aug. 26 funeral of Mollie Tibbetts, the University of Iowa student killed allegedly by a man believed to be an illegal migrant. Authorities also suspected Rhodes, who also goes by the last name Platek, of distributing racist CDs at an Idaho high school in December.
Meanwhile, DeSantis’ campaign distanced itself from the robocalls that its spokesman Stephen Lawson described as “absolutely appalling and disgusting,” according to the news outlet.
However, this probably won’t be the last time that DeSantis’ team will have to (half-heartedly) deny connections to a white supremacist group that attacks Gillum.
Black Twitter Explodes With Pride After Andrew Gillum Wins Democratic Primary For Florida Governor
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Dammit Florida, I think y'all have done it! Andrew Gillium is pulling away with under half of the votes counted in Broward County. pic.twitter.com/r78Lsd5XRH— Vonderella Forcé (@VonderellaForce) August 29, 2018
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SO MUCH RESPECT FOR ANDREW GILLIUM. THE ONLY NON-MILLIONAIRE IN THE RACE AND YET HE’S LEADING.— la santa 👼 (@cat666lady) August 29, 2018
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I’m about to shout all over this here house! Come on Andrew Gillium!!— Aprill O. Turner, APR (@aprilloturner) August 29, 2018
How can I be in Florida and in Georgia on Election Day this year!? 😂😂 👍🏾👏🏾🙌🏾
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Congrats Andrew Gillum on making history, first African American nominee for governor in Florida. So proud of you friend @AndrewGillum— Mo Salih (@MohamedMOSalih) August 29, 2018
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Dear national media, DON'T YOU DARE try to examine HOW @AndrewGillum won and get it wrong. Y'all know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. This was a ground game. He was in 3rd/4th place last week. Don't make me cuss!— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) August 29, 2018
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Andrew Gillum made history tonight! So, allow us to reintroduce this King, Florida’s 1st African-American Democratic Nominee for Governor. August 28, 2018 another pivotal moment for #BlackHistory! #BlackExcellence @AndrewGillum pic.twitter.com/T2KmKlkZDs— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) August 29, 2018
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STACEY ABRAMS AND ANDREW GILLUM COULD BE TWO WHOLE BLACK PROGRESSIVE GOVERNORS IN THE SOUTH AT THE SAME TIME. pic.twitter.com/MuduIJbcR2— brittany packnett cunningham will brb. (@MsPackyetti) August 29, 2018
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Congratulations to @AndrewGillum on his historic victory in tonight's primary. He’s a strong progressive leader and will make a great Governor of Florida!— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 29, 2018
15. And Of Course Bernie Sanders...
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Congratulations to @AndrewGillum on his victory. Tonight, Floridians joined Andrew in standing up and demanding real change and showed our nation what is possible when we stand together. Let's make history this November and make Andrew Gillum the next Governor of Florida.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 29, 2018
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