Republican Senator Perdue mispronounces Kamala Harris’ name at Trump rally

“Kamala-mala-mala? Whatever”: Senator mispronounces Kamala Harris’ name at Trump rally

David Perdue (R-GA) is responding to criticism of what some have called a willfully racist move - claiming that the Georgia senator on Friday "didn't mean anything by" what looked like a purposeful mispronunciation of the first name of the senator's colleague of almost four years, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

Throughout his closing remarks on the Friday rally, Senator Perdue referred to the vice-presidential candidate (who additionally represents California within the U.S. Senate) as "KAH'-mah-lah?"

According to the Quinnipiac poll, when it comes to favorability ratings, likely voters have a positive view of Ossoff 46 - 36 percent, and a mixed view of Perdue with 43 percent saying favorable and 46 percent said unfavorable.

Perdue campaign's spokesman, John Burke, said in a text message."Senator Perdue simply mispronounced Senator Harris' name, and he didn't mean anything by it".

Harris' political opponents have repeatedly mispronounced her name since she became the first Black woman on a major party ticket, a trend many Democrats say smacks of racism.

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"Her first name is pronounced KAH'-mah-lah - or, as she explains in her biography, "'comma-la, ' like the punctuation mark". Trump and Vice President Mike Pence also incorrectly named Harris. "Years. THREE. Do better". His Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, tweeted out a video clip of the mangling of Harris' name, and said "We are so much better than this".

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesperson Helen Kalla called the response from Perdue's campaign a "trash cleanup that literally no one believes" in a Friday tweet, later noting that Perdue had served along Harris in the Senate since 2017. "And everyone knows it", Ossoff added in a later tweet. "He has made an argument against the radical socialist agenda that you and your endorsed candidate, Jon Ossoff, are promoting". Or a white colleague. Harris' name. He didn't mean anything by it, Ms.

The Georgia Democrats also slammed Perdue for making fun of Harris' name, calling it a typical tactic of Trump's "playbook".

"Perdue has proven he lacks the dignity and respect that Georgians deserve from their USA senator, and he should instantly apologize", Kalla added. "He owes Georgians an apology for his offensive display".

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