A spokesperson for Republican Senator David Perdue stated the first-term senator didn’t imply something by it.
Republican Senator David Perdue mocked Kamala Harris, his Senate colleague and the Democratic vice presidential nominee, by repeatedly mispronouncing her name at a Georgia rally for President Donald Trump.
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Mr. Perdue on Friday was wrapping up his remarks at an occasion in Macon when he referred to Harris as “KAH’-mah-lah? Kah-MAH’-lah? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. Whatever.” The viewers laughed.
A spokesperson for Mr. Perdue stated the first-term senator didn’t imply something by it. Ms. Harris’ political opponents have repeatedly mispronounced her name since she turned the primary Black lady on a serious social gathering ticket, a development many Democrats say smacks of racism.
Her first name is pronounced KAH’-mah-lah — or, as she explains in her biography, “‘comma-la,’ like the punctuation mark.”
Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are among the many high Republicans who’ve repeatedly mispronounced it. A number of Democrats, together with former President Barack Obama, have stated it incorrectly, too.
Ms. Harris’ spokesperson, Sabrina Singh, responded to Mr. Perdue’s comment in a tweet: Well that’s extremely racist. Vote him out.” In a second tweet, she wrote, “He has been her Senate colleague for over 3 years. 3. Years. THREE. Do better.”
Casey Black, a spokesperson for Mr. Perdue’s marketing campaign, tweeted that the senator merely mispronounced Sen. Harris’ name. He didn’t imply something by it, Ms. Black wrote. He was making an argument towards the unconventional socialist agenda that she and her endorsed candidate Jon Ossoff are pushing.
Jon Ossoff, who’s operating towards Mr. Perdue in November, tweeted that his opponent mocked Sen. Harris’ name, including, “We are so much better than this.” Mr. Ossoff, who staged an unsuccessful bid for Congress in a 2017 particular election, additionally tweeted a fundraising message over video of Mr. Perdue’s feedback and stated in one other tweet, “Senator Perdue never would have done this to a male colleague. Or a white colleague. And everyone knows it.”
Georgia’s Democratic Party demanded that Mr. Perdue apologise.
“Senator Perdue’s intentionally disrespectful mispronunciation of Senator Harris’s name is a bigoted and racist tactic straight from President Trump’s handbook,” Nikema Williams, chair of the Georgia Democratic Party, stated in an announcement. “He owes Georgians an apology for his offensive display.”