Republican Senator David Perdue has been slammed as “disgusting” for mocking Kamala Harris on Friday by mispronouncing her name.
Video of a speech he gave at a rally for President Donald Trump’s reelection shows Perdue pronouncing “Kamala” in several different ways and then saying “Kamala-mala-mala, I don’t know, whatever.”
Sen. David Perdue is running for reelection[/caption]
Harris spokeswoman Sabrina Singh called the comment “incredibly racist.”
John Ossoff, a Democrat who is challenging Perdue for the Georgia Senate seat in a close race, then took to Twitter to say Perdue would not have mocked a white male colleague’s name.
David Perdue greets his cousin, US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, before speaking at a Trump rally in Georgia[/caption]
Harris is the first black woman and the first Asian American to run on a major party’s presidential ticket.
Perdue’s spokesman John Burke dismissed the charges of racism, saying the senator “simply mispronounced Senator Harris’ name, and he didn’t mean anything by it.”
Sen. Kamala Harris in the first black woman and the first Asian American candidate for a major party in a presidential race[/caption]
Harris served in the Senate with Perdue, making it unlikely that his mispronunciation was a honest mistake, Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said.
“He knows her name. There are only 100 of us,” Klobuchar tweeted.
Kamala Harris’ name is pronounced “comma-la,” “like the punctuation mark,” the candidate said in the audiobook version of her autobiography.
Joe Biden pronounced his running mate’s incorrectly at a recent rally in Michigan[/caption]
Perdue is not the first person to mispronounce Harris’ name. Trump and Pence have done so as well – as has her running mate Joe biden.
Just a few hours before the Trump rally, Biden said Harris’ first name in a pronunciation that rhymed with “camera” at a rally in Novi, Michigan.
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