Perdue, who serves on the Senate Budget Committee with Harris, speaks early on the President’s arrival in Macon sarcastically referring to the vice presidential candidate “Ka-MAL-a (sic), Ka-MAL -a or Kamala, Kamala, Ka-mala, -mala, -mala, I do not know, if anything, “with laughter from the crowd.
Ossoff quickly criticized Perdue for saying, writing in a series of tweets, “My opponent, GOP Sen. David Perdue of anti-Semitic attack ad infamy, just mocked Sen. Harris ‘name as’ “Anything ‘at a Trump rally. We are better than this.”
Sabrina Singh, Harris’ press secretary, condemned Perdue’s statement.
“So incredibly racist,”; he said on Twitter. “Vote for him and vote for @ossoff.”
“Senator Perdue’s disrespectful pronunciation of Senator Harris’ name is a racist and racist tactic straight from President Trump’s manual. He owes a Georgian apology for his offensive appearance. , “said Georgia Democratic Party Chairman Nikema Williams.
A spokesman for Perdue’s campaign defended his remarks in a statement to CNN.
“Senator Perdue simply pronounced Senator Harris’ name, and he did not mean it,” Casey Black said. “He is making an argument against the radical socialist agenda they are pushing for by his endorsed candidate Jon Ossoff.”
Republicans have often mispronounced the name of a California senator, including President Donald Trump, who twice did so at a news conference the day he was announced as Biden’s running wife.
“So I don’t respect him by mispronouncing his name by accident?” Carlson asked. “So it starts, you are not allowed to criticize Kuh-MAH-la Harris, or CA-muh-la, or whatever.”
Kamala is pronounced “‘comma-la,’ like a punctuation mark,” according to the California senator. Harris wrote in the preface to his 2019 memoir, “The Truths We Hold,” “First, my name is pronounced ‘comma-la,’ like punctuation. It means ‘lotus flower,’ which is a symbol. of importance in Indian culture. A lotus grows underwater, its flower rising to the surface while its roots are firmly planted at the bottom of the river. “
If elected in November, Harris will be India-American first vice president, first Black vice president, first female vice president and Jamaican-American first vice president. Harris’ father was born in Jamaica and his late mother was born in India.