- GOP Sen. David Purdue repeatedly mispronounced Senator Kamala Harris at a rally for President Donald Trump on Friday.
- “KAH-mah-la, Kah-MAH-la, Kamala-mala-mala, I don’t know anything,” Purdue said, provoking laughter from the audience.
- Others were quick to condemn the remarks, including Sabrina Singh, Harris’s campaign spokeswoman, who tweeted that the comments were “incredibly racist” and “voted”.
- John Burke, communications director for Perdue’s campaign, said the senator “simply mispronounced” his name.
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Referring to his Senate counterpart, Purdue said, “KAH-mah-la, Kah-mah-la, Kamala-mala-mala, I don’t know anything,” causing laughter from the audience.
Others were quick to denounce the remarks, calling them racist.
“Well, this is incredibly racist,” Sabrina Singh, Harris’s campaign spokeswoman, wrote in a statement, saying “vote for him” by voting for Perdue’s opponent. She added that Purdue and Harris have been colleagues in the Senate for more than three years.
John Osoff, who is running against Perdue, also condemned the remarks.
“This dirty talk of rubbish is what President Trump unleashed from Republican Senate members,” Osoff told MSNBC.
He also tweeted, “Senator Purdue would never do that to a male colleague. Or a white colleague. And everyone knows it.”
John Burke, director of communications for Perdue’s campaign, said the senator “just mispronounced Senator Harris.”
“He didn’t mean anything by that,” he wrote on Twitter. “He was arguing against the radical socialist program that she and her approved candidate John Osof are pushing for, which includes the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, tax increases and withholding COVID relief for the people of Georgia.”
Harris, the first black and South Asian woman to be nominated for vice president of a major party, has repeatedly voiced her name from political opponents. Her name is pronounced, according to the senator himself, as a “comma-la”.