Republican US Senator David Perdue appeared to mock Kamala Harris at a rally for President Donald Trump in battleground state Georgia on Friday, the place he repeatedly mispronounced the vice presidential nominee’s identify.
Harris, a US senator from California, is the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica. Former Vice President Joe Biden named Harris as his working mate in August, making her the primary Black girl and first Asian American to affix a significant social gathering’s presidential ticket.
She has mentioned her identify ought to be pronounced “comma-la.”
Perdue, who’s in a carefully fought battle for re-election to the senate in opposition to Democrat Jon Ossoff, spoke forward of Trump within the central Georgia metropolis of Macon on Friday night.
Video of his speech exhibits Perdue repeatedly making exaggerated makes an attempt to pronounce the identify earlier than saying, “I don’t know, no matter.” The group responds with laughter.
Ossoff tweeted that Perdue wouldn’t have mocked a fellow senator who was male or white.
John Burke, a spokesman for Perdue’s marketing campaign, tweeted that the senator “merely mispronounced Senator Harris’ identify, and he didn’t imply something by it.”
Republican incumbent Trump is trailing Biden in nationwide opinion polls, however state polls present a detailed race in Georgia, a state that has change into more and more numerous and extra Democratic.