A racist and anti-Semitic robocall impersonating Oprah Winfrey, apparently from a white supremacist group, is injecting racism directly into Georgia’s race for governor, according to an NBC News report. Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp both condemned the message, which claims to have been paid for by the ‘Road to Power.’
Georgia’s gubernatorial race has been filled with racial issues such as voter suppression and ballot access. Kemp, who is Georgia’s secretary of state, oversees the elections and denies he’s made it harder for minorities to vote. If Abrams were to win, she would be the first black female governor in American history.
The Road to Power, a white supremacist and anti-Semitic video podcast hosted by Scott Rhodes of Idaho, is the group behind the robocall.
You can listen to the automated message below:
Here’s a transcript of the message sent to Georgia voters on November 2nd:
This is the magical negro, Oprah Winfrey, asking you to make my fellow negress, Stacey Abrams, the governor of Georgia. Years ago, the Jews who own the American media saw something in me—the ability to trick dumb white women into thinking I was like them, and to do, read and think what I told them to. I see that same potential in Stacey Abrams. Where others see a poor-man’s Aunt Jemima, I see someone white women can be tricked into voting for, especially the fat ones. And so I promise that every single person who votes for Stacey Abrams, you’re going to get a new car! So you get a car! And you get a car! And you get a car! And you get a car! Everybody gets a car! And, as far as the whites who are in the way, don’t worry about them. Like I said in that famous interview in 2013, white racists just have to die. This message paid for by The Road to Power.com.
Both candidates are using robocalls in their campaigns and this robocall impersonates media icon Oprah Winfrey, who visited Georgia on Thursday to support Abrams’ candidacy.
Abigail Collazo, Abrams’ director of strategic communications, condemned the robocall and said both Trump and Kemp have contributed to a poisonous atmosphere, adding that Kemp has responded with silence on previous racial attacks on Abrams.
“Over the last few weeks we’ve seen increasing desperation from many dark corners trying to steal the election, cheat, lie, and prey on people’s fears rather than having the respect to listen to voters and speak to their hopes,” Collazo said in a statement Saturday morning. “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.”
Kemp also denounced the robocall, calling it “absolutely disgusting” in a statement Friday.
“I stand against any person or organization that peddles this type of unbridled hate and unapologetic bigotry,” Kemp said in a statement. “These vile efforts to degrade and disparage others are contrary to the highest ideals of our state and country. We unequivocally condemn this group and their horrible actions.”
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