Listen to GHOGH with Jamarlin Martin | Episode 20: Andrew Gillum
Jamarlin talks to Andrew Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee and leading Democratic candidate for Florida governor. They discuss the DNC taking the Black vote for granted, its silence on the killing of 60 Palestinian protestors, and whether big tech and Silicon Valley elites can be regulated at the state level.
Voters began receiving pre-recorded phone messages again on Tuesday with offensive and racist language from someone pretending to be Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
With a choir singing in the background, the robocaller mocked Gillum’s health care plan, claiming he’d give chicken feet to Floridians to put under their pillows rather than provide “the white man’s” medicine. The message refered to slavery and made derogatory statements about Jews.
A disclaimer at the end of the robocall attributes it to The Road to Power — a right-wing extremist podcast and website, according to the Anti-Defamation League, Miami Herald reported. The site has been responsible for other offensive automated calls around the country leading up to the midterm elections.
As racially charged as the language on the audio recording sounds, it’s not first time white nationalist rhetoric has been injected into the mainstream political conversation, Florida Politics reported.
The podcast has been linked to Scott D. Rhodes in Sandpoint, Idaho. He was responsible for distributing racist propaganda at a high school in December, according to the Associated Press. When police officers confronted him, he denied it. Rhodes is also known by the surname Platek.
After University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts was allegedly abducted and killed by an illegal immigrant, The Road to Power sent out robocalls harassing her family. It also took credit in California for anti-Semitic robocalls targeting Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier in July.
Rhodes has been involved in racist attacks against California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and former President Barack Obama, Florida Politics reported.
“These disgusting, abhorrent robocalls represent a continuation of the ugliest, most divisive campaign in Florida’s history,” Gillum campaign spokesman Geoff Burgan said in a statement. ”We would hope that these calls, and the dangerous people who are behind them, are not given any more attention than they already have been.”
It’s uncertain how many people have received the call.
Rhodes recently moved out of his Sandpoint home, according to NBC-affiliated TV station KHQ:
“KHQ was there as new tenants claim they just moved in a few days ago. The tenants also showed us magazines that were addressed to Rhodes, some under different aliases including “Jewman Rhodes.”
Make sure we include the audio in the post.
A racist robocall that refers to Andrew Gillum as a "negro" and a "monkey" is making the rounds in Florida.
"Well hello there. I is the negro Andrew Gillum and I'll be askin' you to make me governor of this here state of Florida," the voice says. https://t.co/Aq7YKxAS0z
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 23, 2018
WATCH: @AndrewGillum responds to a robocall featuring racist attacks against the candidate:
The people behind the calls are “grossly underestimating and misestimating the people of Florida… They’re going to reject that brand of divisive, destructive brand of rhetoric” #MTPDaily pic.twitter.com/7LjXbkflcv
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 23, 2018
— T. Beaumont (@Zebrafarm2000) October 23, 2018
Good for him. You will always know when you are winning when race is the only thing they got fight with.
— Lee Elliot (@kendoblack1) October 23, 2018
— SoCaliCC (@Ccaragon57) October 24, 2018
I’m so sorry you have to be subjected to this racist bullshit! We need you so much! The current administration needs to be stopped before more people are killed and our democracy dies! Thank you
— Minstrel Psycho (@MinstrelPsycho1) October 24, 2018
Gillum is going to be Governor of Florida.
Mar-a-Lago is in Florida. 😉#VoteGillum
— 🇺🇸Chuck of America🇺🇸 🇺🇦 (@chuckgordon18) October 23, 2018
Oh I loved that debate on CNN. I almost felt bad for his opponent….ALMOST
— Evefontenot (@Evefontenot1) October 23, 2018
@AndrewGillum is such a class act!
— Pearson Owens (@POwens26) October 24, 2018