A former consultant to Barack Obama is alarmed by callers bashing Kamala Harris on spanish-language radio in Florida and tried to blame the GOP for what he believes could be a scripted attack.
Fernand Amandi, a political strategist who helped Barack Obama win the state in 2008 and 2012 said, “The fact that I’m having to raise this alarm, that it’s not coming directly from a Democratic organization or even the folks out of Washington, I think is a sign of concern.”
The calls struck Armandi “as weird because (Harris) is not really a topic of conversation down here. The focus is always on the Democrats as a party, on Biden, local officials.”
Amandi and others said the on-air critiques range from claims that Harris is ineffective and ill-prepared to serve as president to what they described as outwardly sexist and racist suggestions, including that her own Jamaican and Indian heritage cause her to prioritize the issues of Black Americans over the concerns of Latinos.
While apparently listening to one station where a caller was talking about Harris, Amandi said he changed the channel to another station and heard another caller “talking about Kamala Harris, and they (said) the same thing. ‘This is the woman who’s done nothing.’ It was a different person than was on the other (station). And I was like, ‘Oh God, they got a phone bank.'”
POLITICO noted that there is no definitive proof of a coordinated campaign attacking Harris on South Florida radio, as opposed to organic criticism of her conveyed by regular callers.
Former Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) is all in on the conspiracy theory, however, as she tweeted out the POLITICO article and backed up Armandi’s claims.
“Strong women, particularly women of color, are a threat to the Republican establishment. The coordinated attacks against our @vp in SoFL Spanish radio are part of a larger coordinated campaign targeting Hispanic communities. @DNC do NOT dismiss this,” Mucarsel-Powell urged.
Strong women, particularly women of color, are a threat to the Republican establishment.— Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (@DebbieforFL) December 22, 2021
The coordinated attacks against our @vp in SoFL Spanish radio are part of a larger coordinated campaign targeting Hispanic communities. @DNC do NOT dismiss this. https://t.co/E7tvHNBnQT
Former Ohio GOP Congressman Trey Radel, who has a radio show that broadcasts in Florida, responded to Mucarsel-Powell by highlighting the part in the POLITICO article where they explained that there is no definitive proof.
“But hey.. Let’s run the story anyway,” Radel said, taking a shot at POLITICO’s choice to rile up their base.
Liberty advocate Patrick M. Gleason agreed and replied to Radel by sharing a viral picture of Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears and suggested, “I guess Debbie missed the Virginia elections last month.”
I guess Debbie missed the Virginia elections last month pic.twitter.com/qyLpE7AMAS— patrickmgleason (@patrickmgleason) December 22, 2021
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