Stacey Abrams Responds To Racist Robocalls Sent To Georgia Residents A Day Before Election Day
By: Eboni Walker
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks out on racist robocalls impersonating Oprah Winfrey.
In an interview with ABC, the candidate says she is concerned that state residents may feel “their votes don’t count.”
According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, automatic phone messages from an unknown number were sent to Georgia homes on Friday of someone impersonating Winfrey.
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“This is the magical negro, Oprah Winfrey, asking you to make my fellow negress, Stacey Abrams, the governor of Georgia.” The continued with a series of racial slurs and the referencing to Aunt Jemima.
WSB reported the message was paid for by a group called Road to Power.
Shortly after the calls were made, both Abrams and her Republican opponent Brian Kemp were asked to join Good Morning America for an interview. While Abrams accepted, Kemp declined the offer.
“Are you concerned these racist appeals are going to work?” Abrams was asked on Monday.
She answered by referencing Kemp who was recently accused of using his office to suppress votes. “What I’m concerned about is that his overarching architecture of voter suppression, of ostracization, of demeaning and dehumanizing people, that that can cause people to think that their votes don’t count, which is why we’ve been so aggressive about telling people the best antidote to his antics is to actually turn out and engage,” Abrams said.
In a statement released by Kemp, he condemned the organization responsible for the calls.
“This automated call is absolutely disgusting,” said Kemp. “I stand against any person or organization that peddles this type of unbridled hate and unapologetic bigotry. 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.”
The Road to Power organization is also responsible for the racist robocalls that were made in Florida targeting candidate Andrew Gillum.
Winfrey has also addressed the calls. “I heard people making racist robo-calls in my name against Stacey Abrams, who I am 100 percent for in Georgia,” Winfrey said in a video uploaded on her Instagram “I just want to say: Jesus don’t like ugly. And we know what to do about that. Vote.”
Winfrey can also be seen in the video wearing a multicolored “vote” shirt.
ABC reported that voting rights have a been a major issue during this race.
“That doesn’t mean anyone is being pushed out. It simply means that more are being added to the conversation, and I hope I’m just the first of many. More people who stand up and understand that our voices and our votes matter and that we cannot only cast those ballots, we can stand for office,” Abrams said.
Abrams was also asked about an investigation opened on the Democratic party last week by Kemp. The investigation reportedly concerned Georgia’s voter registration system.
“While we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes. Federal partners, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were immediately alerted,” Candice Broce, press secretary for Kemp, wrote in a statement.
The Democratic Party quickly shut down the claims calling it a political stunt.
“This political stunt from Kemp just days before the election is yet another example of why he cannot be trusted and should not be overseeing an election in which he is also a candidate for governor,” said Rebecca DeHart, executive director of the Democratic Party of Georgia.
If Abrams is elected, she will be the first female African-Americans governor.
Abrams told Stephanopoulos by winning it will “send an incredibly strong message that the face of leadership is evolving in the United States.”
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