Racist robocalls to voters from a white nationalist group targeting Andrew Gillum were condemned on Saturday by both major campaigns contesting November’s election. Gillum is the Democratic party’s African-American candidate for Florida governor.
Reuters reports that according to the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper, they include jungle noises in the background and a man who pretends to be Gillum, the 39-year-old mayor of Tallahassee. The man uses a minstrel performer’s exaggerated accent and is speaking about mud huts.
It was not clear how many Florida voters received the robocalls on Friday. Gillum spokesman’s Geoff Burgan denounced the calls as racist. He said they should not be given undeserved attention.