Republican Senator David Perdue, who’s in search of re-election from Georgia, has sparked a storm after mispronouncing Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s first identify throughout a speech at a rally for US President Donald Trump.
“Kamala? Kamala? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. No matter,” Perdue stated in Macon, Georgia, in a remark that’s being seen as a racist ploy.
It’s unlikely that Perdue would have made the comment out of ignorance or accidentally as a result of he has served with Harris, a senator from California, for a minimum of three years.
Mispronouncing Harris’s identify has grow to be customary apply for Republicans in current instances in what’s seen by many as an effort to belittle her by highlighting her heritage – she’s the daughter of an Indian-origin mom and Jamaica-origin father.
After the comment, Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff tweeted, “Senator Perdue by no means would have performed this to a male colleague. Or a white colleague. And everybody is aware of it.”