Some voters in the Tallahassee area have been receiving racist robocalls targeting Democrat gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum, who aims to be Florida’s first black governor.
The calls feature an unidentified speaker mocking Gillum by pretending to be him albeit with “an exaggerated minstrel dialect” and jungle sounds in the background, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
The robocalls have been met with outrage by both Democrats and Republicans, including Florida’s Republican governor, Rick Scott:
There is no room for any racial politics here in Florida – none. Florida is a melting pot of people from all over the globe, and we are proud of it. No attempts to divide people by race or ethnicity will be tolerated, from anyone. THIS. STOPS. NOW. https://t.co/LX72MvP89P
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) August 31, 2018
Though the calls have been linked to The Road to Power, a white supremacist group tied to an Idaho man by the name of Scott Rhodes, liberals have been blaming them on Gillum’s challenger, GOP nominee Rep. Ron DeSantis and falsely tying the robocalls to the “monkey this up” non-scandal scandal that had erupted earlier in the week.
What a coincidence. It almost smells just like a planned opposition tactic.
A white supremacist group supporting noted bigot Ron DeSantis is running telephone robocalls in Florida impersonating Andrew Gillum, a Democrat who is running to be the state’s first black governor.#VoteGillum https://t.co/rtMsi3eyLO
— Jon Cooper ? (@joncoopertweets) September 1, 2018
When you say “#monkeying it up” re: your black opponent, you don’t get to distance yourself from a white power group making foul racist robocalls to debase him either, #DeSantis. https://t.co/MOJRgSW6pw This is a disgrace. Drumpf helped unleash this evil.
— Jenny☕️❤️ ???#VOTEBLUENOMATTERWHO?#RESIST? (@jenjavajunky) September 1, 2018
Racist robocalls to voters in FL—the very worst of the GOP base follows up DeSantis’s dog whistle earlier this week with a reprehensible smear on Gillum. It’s going to be a long, filthy campaign. https://t.co/PjvZbIsx2K
— Linda ?? #GunSense Now! (@knittinglinda) September 1, 2018
Days after Ron DeSantis used the word “monkey” when referring to Gillum, a literal neo-Nazi group made robocalls *with jungle music playing in the background* and yet people still arguing that DeSantis’s comment was not racist https://t.co/bcdcz13zNH pic.twitter.com/3sumtesNfz
— Jerry Iannelli (@jerryiannelli) August 31, 2018
DeSantis disavow? He probably wrote the script. Wouldn’t it be more effective to find out which company is producing and distributing the robocalls and check in with the leadership there?
— Elizabitch (@3lizabitch) September 1, 2018
DeSantis’ “monkey” remark had not been racist at all, however. Appearing on Fox News after Tuesday’s big primary win, he’d used the phrase “monkey this up” while speaking about building on the economic success of the current governor, who’s currently running for the U.S. Senate.
“We have to work hard to make sure we continue Florida going in a good direction,” DeSantis had said. “Let’s build off the success of Governor Scott. The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state. That is not going to work, that’s not going to be good for Florida.”
DeSantis had said that Floridians should not screw up their state’s economic success by voting for the staunch socialist policies of his opponent. The congressman had clearly used the phrase “monkey this up” as an idiom. Nothing more. Nothing less.
But because the left is desperate to turn Florida blue, which is quite the pipe dream, of course they’ve resorted to accusing DeSantis of being a bigot who hates black people.
And now that white supremacist reprobates have chosen to target Gillum with racist calls, of course they’re automatically attributing the calls to the House representative, to hell with the actual facts. This is how the disingenuous left always operatives, so it should come as no surprise.
It’s obvious these robocalls aren’t benefiting DeSantis but rather Gillum, since Democrats are now using the robocalls to falsely accuse the GOP representative of being linked to white supremacists. Strange, isn’t it? It’s almost as if the Democrats were the true culprits behind the robocalls.
There’s no evidence to suggest the Democrats had anything to do with the robocalls, of course, but this suspicious coincidence does raise some eyebrows nevertheless.
Note also, that Gillum seems to have jumped on the same bandwagon, judging by a statement he made Saturday morning in which he appeared to suggest that his opponent — and all Republicans, in fact — lacks “common decency.”
“I believe that we’re going to be able to appeal to a greater sense of common decency, and that’s going to make Florida the envy of the world … let’s make Florida blue, and let’s make this country blue,” he said.
It’s unclear what being a Democrat (or “blue”) has to do with “common decency” …
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