Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams spent the morning before Election Day on a media blitz of several networks, addressing a racist robo-call mocking Oprah Winfrey and her opponent’s investigation into allegations that Democrats hacked the state’s voter registration system.
Over the weekend, Peach State voters heard a robo-call from a podcast that has espoused racist and anti-Semitic views in the past — and has targeted voters in contentious races featuring black candidates. The latest call mocked Winfrey, an Abrams supporter who campaigned in Georgia last week.
“This is the magical Negro Oprah Winfrey asking you to make my fellow Negress Stacey Abrams the governor of Georgia,” the robo-call begins, before spewing nearly 60 seconds of racism coupled with a dash of anti-Semitism.
Abrams’s campaign said the robo-call was a result of “increasing desperation” from people who “prey on people’s fears.” Republican candidate Brian Kemp has called the robo-calls “vile,” “racist” and “absolutely disgusting.”
But Abrams said Monday that Kemp has been racially insensitive in the past.
“I think it’s a little late for him to repudiate racist remarks given that he’s stood with someone wearing an anti-Islam T-shirt,” she said on CNN. “He refused to denounce the same man earlier who accused black veterans of not being people who support our country.”
She also addressed the racist attacks in the robo-call.
“Regardless of any racist tropes that are out there, I believe in what is best for Georgia,” she said on CNN. “Yes, I am changing the face of what leadership looks like, but I’m doing so having the greatest experience of anyone on the ballot.”
On Sunday, Kemp, who is Georgia’s secretary of state and the Republican candidate for governor, announced an investigation into the state’s Democratic Party for an alleged “hacking” attempt, as The Washington Post’s Avi Selk reported.
Abrams told CBS This Morning that Kemp was informed of a flaw in the voter registration system on Friday and turned it into a political issue two days later.
“He failed to act and on Sunday tried to cast aspersions on Democrats,” she told CBS, calling it part of a longstanding trend of voter suppression. Democrats have also accused Kemp of abusing his authority. “We know that when he gets caught he blames everyone else.
In an email, Kemp’s campaign accused the Democratic Party of “criminal behavior.”
“The Democratic Party of Georgia will stop at nothing to regain relevance and power in our state,” said Ryan Mahoney, communications director for the campaign. “They lied about Georgia’s ‘pending’ voter list, made up stories about missing absentee ballot requests, and spread misinformation about our state’s voting machines. Every time, their ridiculous claims were undermined by the truth.”