- GOP Senator David Perdue repeatedly abused Senator Kamala Harris’ name during a demonstration for President Donald Trump on Friday.
- “KAH-mah-la, Kah-MAH-la, Kamala-mala-mala, I do not know anything,” Perdue said, eliciting laughter from the audience.
- Others were quick to condemn the remarks, including Sabrina Singh, Harris’ campaign press secretary, who tweeted that the comments were “incredibly racist” and “voted him out”.
- John Burke, communications director for the Perdue campaign, said the senator “simply mispronounced” her name.
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Georgia Senator David Perdue repeatedly abused Senator Kamala Harris̵
Referring to his Senate colleague, Perdue said, “KAH-mah-la, Kah-MAH-la, Kamala-mala-mala, I do not know anything,” eliciting laughter from the audience.
Others were quick to condemn the remarks, calling them racist.
“Well, that’s incredibly racist,” tweeted Sabrina Singh, Harris’ campaign press secretary, saying “vote him out” by voting for Perdue’s opponent. She also said Perdue and Harris have been colleagues in the Senate for more than three years.
Jon Ossoff, who runs against Perdue, also condemned the remarks.
“This kind of disgusting, race-busting rubbish is what President Trump has freed from incumbent Republican members of the Senate,” Ossof told MSNBC.
He also tweeted: “Senator Perdue would never have done this to a male colleague. Or a white colleague. And everyone knows that.”
John Burke, communications director for the Perdue campaign, said the senator “simply mispronounced Senator Harris’ name.”
“He didn’t mean anything by that,” he tweeted. He argued against the radical socialist agenda that she and her approved candidate Jon Ossoff are pushing for, which includes the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-all, raising taxes and keeping COVID relief up for the people of Georgia.
Harris, who is the first Black and South Asian woman to run for president of a major party, has had her name repeatedly mispronounced by political opponents. According to the senator, her name is pronounced as “comma-la”.