DES MOINES, IA (WCMH) - As central Iowa communities continue to
mourn the loss of Mollie Tibbetts, an out-of-state neo-Nazi
group is flooding the phone lines with robocalls to push a
“She was stabbed in the back by an invader from Mexico,” the
one-and-a-half minute call says, according to KCCI. The call
begins with referencing Tibbetts’ death, allegedly at the hands
of an undocumented immigrant.
The call then takes a more disturbing turn, calling for the
annihilation of all 58 million Latinos living in the United
“Refound America as whites only and get rid of them now. Every
last one,” the call says.
According to KCCI, Road to Power, a neo-Nazi group that produces
a self-described video podcast for white nationalists, has
claimed responsibility for the calls. NBC News reports the group
has been behind robocalls in other states, including one
impersonating Andrew Gillum, a Democrat running to be Florida’s
first black governor, and one that hit Charlottesville, Virginia
last year after the deadly Unite the Right rally.
Since Tibbetts’ murder, the Latino community in central Iowa is
on edge and has even canceled events celebrating their heritage.
“We had young people last week who were confronted even walking
in parks,” said Joe Henry, a leader in the local Latino
community. He’s afraid the robocalls may inspire individuals
to commit acts of violence.
“This takes us back 50 to 60 years,” he said. “This takes us
back to lynchings, blaming a whole community.”