An Idaho-based white supremacist group is making a new round of racist robocalls targeting Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum that appear to be directed at black Democratic Party leaders in the state.
Two county Democratic Party chairs told The Washington Post that they received the new robocall Tuesday morning. It features a man impersonating Gillum in a minstrel dialect, while jungle sounds and chimpanzee noises can be heard in the background.
“Well, hello there! I is the negro, Andrew Gillum, and I be askin’ you to make me governor of this here state of Florida,” the minute-long call begins, according to a recording obtained by The Post.
The speaker compares “the white man’s medicine, which is very expensive, ’cause it uses science and whatnot,” with “the medicine of my African race,” which involves “puttin’ de chicken feets under your pillows during the full moon” and “don’t hardly cost nothin’ at all.”
The ad then takes an anti-Semitic turn, with the speaker claiming that “it was the Jews who owned the slave trade” and that Jews will be “puttin’ Negros in charge over the white folks.”
“All the Jews gon’ vote me, Andrew Gillum, governor of this here state of Florida,” the ad concludes. The sound of a chimp can be heard after the speaker says Gillum’s name.
A man states at the end of the call that it was “paid for by TheRoadToPower.com.” The group also was behind another racist robocall targeting Gillum in August.
Polls show Gillum locked in a tight race against Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.). If elected, Gillum would become the state’s first black governor.