Republican senator David Perdue repeatedly misrepresents the name of Senate colleague and Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris while speaking at President Trump’s rally in Georgia on Friday night. did. Senators quickly criticized Harris’s spokesman for his comments, which he described as “incredibly racist.”
When Purdue finished speaking at the event, he called Harris “KAH’-mah-lah? Kah-MAH’-lah? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. Anything.”
A spokesperson for Purdue defended his statement by tweeting that he “simply mispronounced Senator Harris’ name” and “that didn’t mean anything.”
“He opposes the radical socialist agenda promoted by her and her supportive candidate John Osov,” a spokesman added.
A Harris spokesman responded to the tweet by calling Purdue a “racist.”
“It’s an incredible racist. Vote for him. He’s been a Senate colleague for over three years. Three years. Three years. Do better,” she wrote.
Harris was the first black woman to accept the Vice Presidential nomination of a major political party and the first individual of South Asian descent. Harris’ political opponents, including President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, repeatedly mispronounced her name.
Her name is pronounced “KAH’-mah-lah”. Or, as explained in her biography, it is pronounced “comma-la, like punctuation.”
Purdue’s opponent, John Osov, tweeted that he “ridiculed Senator Harris’ name” and added that he was “much better than this.”
The Georgia Democratic Party urged Purdue to 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.”