Atlanta, Georgia 2020-10-16 22:24:23 –
At a rally of President Donald Trump in Macon, Georgia, Republican senator David Perdue deliberately misnamed Democratic senator and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Friday night. I pronounced it and ridiculed it.
Purdue called Harris “KAH’-mah-lah? Kah-MAH’-lah? Kamala Mara Mara? I don’t know. Anything.” The audience laughed.
A spokesperson for Purdue said the first senator “did not mean anything.”
Harris’ political opponents have repeatedly mispronounced her name since she became the first black woman on a major party ticket. Her name is pronounced “KAH’-mah-lah”. Or, as explained in her biography, it is pronounced “comma-la, like punctuation.”
Harris spokesman Sabrina Singh responded to Purdue’s remarks on Twitter. “Well, it’s an incredible racist. Vote for him.” In her second tweet, she wrote: “He has been a Senate colleague for over three years. Three years. Three. Good luck.”
Casey Black, a spokesman for Purdue’s campaign, tweeted that Senator “simply mispronounced Senator Harris’ name.”
Currently, recent poll data RealClearPolitics averages suggest that Perdue is trapped in a fierce battle with Democratic opponent and research journalist Jon Ossoff. The latest Quini Piac poll shows 51% of races in Osov and 45% in Purdue.
so Tweet“My opponent, Republican Senator David Perdue, was notorious for his anti-Semitic attacks and named Senator Harris at a Trump rally,” Kamala Mara Mara, whatever. I ridiculed. We are much better than this. “
According to a Quinnipiac survey, voters have a positive view of Ossoff 46-36% when it comes to rating favorability, with 43% positive and 46% disadvantageous for Perdue.
The Georgia Democratic Party has demanded that Purdue apologize.
“The deliberate rude pronunciation of Senator Harris’s name by Senator Purdue is a racist tactic taken directly from President Trump’s handbook,” Georgia Democratic Party Chairman Nikema Williams said in a statement. Said. “He apologizes to the Georgians for his offensive display.”
Earlier that day, Osov announced that it had raised $ 21.3 million in the previous quarter. This is the largest quarterly shipment for Senate candidates in state history.
Additional reporting via Associated Press.