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Here is the video of Senator David Perdue missing the pronunciation of Kamala Harris’ name. pic.twitter.com/aVJU451bDi
– Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) October 16, 2020
Democrats grabbed the remark, pointing out that Perdue was fooling the name of a black and Asian woman and the first female color that was on a major party’s national ticket. Some also noted that Perdue and Harris have served in the Senate for three years, suggesting that people who work that long often know each other’s names.
“My opponent, GOP Senator David Perdue from anti-Semitic attacks and disgrace, just mocked Senator Harris’ name as’ Kamala-mala-mala-whatever ‘at a Trump rally. We are so much better than this, ”tweeted Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is running against Perdue in an increasingly competitive Senate race.
My opponent, GOP Senator David Perdue from anti-Semitic attack and disgrace, just mocked Senator Harris’ name as “Kamala-mala-mala-whatever” at a Trump rally.
We are so much better than this. pic.twitter.com/9AvoQK4RdN
– Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) October 16, 2020
Ossoff added in a more explicit tweet that Perdue “would never have done this to a male colleague. Or a white colleague. ”
Senator Perdue would never have done this to a male colleague.
Or a white colleague.
And everyone knows it. Https://t.co/zi5Wxg0VYr pic.twitter.com/TEiAJGiAaV
– Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) October 17, 2020
Georgia’s Democratic Party said Perdue used “deliberately disrespectful and violent racist tactics” and warned “Every Republican from Georgia must answer for this.”
This is intentionally disrespectful and a violent racist tactic right from the Trump playbook. Every Republican from Georgia must answer this. https://t.co/guUmn1htTi
– Georgia Democrats (@GeorgiaDemocrat) October 16, 2020
“Senator David Perdue has served in the Senate along with Vice Presidential candidate and Senator Kamala Harris since 2017. He knows her name and he knows how to say it. His disgusting behavior today is nothing more than a desperate dog whistle from a lost politician who was already caught and running anti-Semitic ads against Jon Ossoff. Perdue has shown that he lacks the dignity and respect that the Georgians deserve from their US senator, and he must immediately apologize, “added Democratic Senatorial Campaigns spokeswoman Helen Kalla in a statement.
Friday’s controversy marked the second time that Perdue should respond to Democrats over what they said was an insensitive remark. In July, his campaign published an ad that said “Democrats are trying to buy Georgia!” where Ossoff’s nose appeared to have been enlarged. Ossoff is Jewish.
The Perdue campaign denied that the senator had deliberately mocked Harris’ name and instead said he was speaking incorrectly.
“Senator Perdue simply proclaimed Senator Harris’ name, and he did not mean anything by it. He argued against the radical socialist agenda that she and her approved candidate Jon Ossoff are pushing for, which include the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-all, raising taxes and keeping COVID-19 relief for the people of Georgia, “said a spokesman for Perdue. to The Hill.
Perdue, a first-time senator, is facing a tight race against Ossoff, an investigative journalist, with a poll released Wednesday that shows the current dominant by 6 percentage points. Cook’s political report, a non-partisan election handicapper, considers the race a “throw up”.