Republican U.S. Senator David Perdue appeared to mock Kamala Harris at a rally for President Donald Trump in battleground state Georgia on Friday, where he repeatedly mispronounced the vice presidential nominee's name.
"The most insidious thing that Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden are trying to perpetuate, and Bernie [Sanders] and Elizabeth [Warren] and Kamala - Kah-ma-la, or Kah-mah-la, or Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know, whatever". "Whatever." The audience laughed.
Seeming to refer to the attack-ad incident in his tweet, Ossoff called his opponent, "GOP Senator David Perdue of anti-Semitic attack ad infamy". He has since repeatedly attacked the senator on the basis of her race and gender, as she takes the spotlight as the first Black and South Asian woman to appear on a major party's presidential ticket. Democrats say the mispronunciations smack of racism.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are among the top Republicans who have repeatedly mispronounced it.
In a statement, John Burke, Perdue's campaign communications director said that Perdue simply mispronounced Sen.
Ms. Harris' spokesperson, Sabrina Singh, responded to Mr. A few Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, have said it incorrectly, too. "Years. THREE. Do better".
"He didn't mean anything by it", Black wrote. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) chimed in on Saturday in a tweet rebuking Perdue's butchered pronunciation of his colleague's name. "He was making an argument against the radical socialist agenda that she and her endorsed candidate Jon Ossoff are pushing, which includes the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-all, raising taxes, and holding up COVID relief for the people of Georgia".
Ossoff, who staged an unsuccessful bid for Congress in a 2017 special election, also tweeted a fundraising message over video of Perdue's comments and said in another tweet, "Senator Perdue never would have done this to a male colleague. And everyone knows it".
Perdue previously came under fire for an anti-Semitic move - depicting Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff with a digitally altered nose in an ad that was later removed from Facebook by Perdue's campaign.
"Senator Perdue's intentionally disrespectful mispronunciation of Senator Harris's name is a bigoted and racist tactic, straight from President Trump's handbook", Williams continued. "He owes Georgians an apology for his offensive display", said Democratic Party of Georgia Chairwoman Nikema Williams.