*The same Idaho-based neo-Nazi group that financed racially charged robocalls attacking Andrew Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Florida, are behind a similar tactic in Georgia, where Democrat Stacey Abrams is hoping to be the nation’s first Black female governor.
As noted by The HuffPost, Abrams was targeted last week in racist messages funded by the white supremacist group Road to Power, The Daily Beast reported. Oprah Winfrey, who’s campaigned door-to-door for Abrams, was also attacked in the prerecorded message.
The voice on the robocall identified itself as the “magical negro Oprah Winfrey.”
“I see … potential in Stacey Abrams,” the voice said. “Where others see a poor man’s Aunt Jemima, I see someone white women can be tricked into voting for, especially the fat ones.”
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Abrams and her Republican opponent, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, both slammed the racist robocall, which went out to an unknown number of Georgia voters.
Kemp called the message “contrary to the highest ideals of our state and country.”
“These automated calls are being sent into homes just days before President Trump arrives, reminding voters exactly who is promoting a political climate that celebrates this kind of vile, poisonous thinking,” Abrams spokeswoman Abigail Collazo said, per AP.
Kemp was scheduled to debate with Abrams live on TV at the same time as Trump’s Georgia rally on Sunday, but he canceled last week ― prompting Abrams to call him out for “breaking promises” to residents, the report states.
Kemp’s campaign was issued a blow when a federal judge ruled on Friday that Georgia must ease its “exact match” law, which requires voter applications to match precisely what is on state databases.
Kemp, who is in charge of state elections and voter registration as Georgia’s secretary of state, has been accused of purging thousands of voters.