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Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum with his wife, RJ, won the Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday.
Tallahassee
mayor Andrew Gillum with his wife, RJ, won the Democratic
nomination for governor on Tuesday.

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  • A white supremacist group is flooding Florida
    Democratic voters with racist robocalls mocking Tallahassee
    mayor Andrew Gillum, the state’s first-ever black gubernatorial
    nominee.
  •  The recording is read by a person speaking in a
    minstrel-style voice as jungle noises play in the
    background. 
  • This comes just a day after Florida’s Republican
    nominee for governor, Rep. Ron DeSantis, called Gillum an
    “articulate spokesman” and warned that he would “monkey up” the
    state’s economy.

A white supremacist group is flooding Florida Democratic voters
with racist robocalls mocking Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum,
who became the state’s first-ever black gubernatorial nominee on
Tuesday. 

The recording, which is automatically triggered when a recipient
answers the call, is read by a person speaking in a
minstrel-style voice as jungle noises play in the background, The
Tallahassee Democrat first reported
Friday
. The calls conclude by saying that they are funded by
The Road to Power, an Idaho-based neo-Nazi group reportedly
behind other racist robocalls in Charlottesville, Virginia,
Oregon and
California
.

Gillum’s communications director, Geoff Burgan, denounced the
calls, telling the Democrat, “This is reprehensible — and could
only have come from someone with intentions to fuel hatred and
seek publicity. Please don’t give it undeserved attention.”

The news outlet did not publish the recording because of its
derogatory content. Burgan
told Politico
that the campaign believes “it is important for
people to know about” the calls. 

The volume of political robocalls has
shot up in recent years
— increasing by nearly 900 million
calls per month over the last year. The largely anonymous calls
are notoriously difficult to regulate, and simultaneously easy
and cheap to produce. 

This comes just a day after Florida’s Republican nominee for
governor, Rep. Ron DeSantis, called Gillum an “articulate
spokesman” for the Democratic Party and warned that the state
would “monkey up” its economy by putting a “socialist” in office
— comments that
many interpreted as racist
.

DeSantis’ campaign spokesman, Steven Lawson, insisted that the
congressman’s comments were not racially charged, and DeSantis
did not apologize for them. 

But Lawson condemned the robocalls on Friday. 

“This is absolutely appalling and disgusting — and hopefully
whoever is behind this has to answer for this despicable action,”
Lawson told Politico. “Our campaign has and will continue to
focus solely on the issues that Floridians care about and uniting
our state as we continue to build on our success.”

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