Perdue, who serves on the Senate Budget Committee with Harris, spoke ahead of the President’s arrival in Macon when he derided the vice-presidential candidate as “Ka-MAL-a (sic), Ka-MAL-a or Kamala, Kamala”. Ka-mala, -mala, -mala, I don’t know at all “to laugh out of the crowd.
Ossoff was quick to criticize Perdue for the comment, tweeting a series of tweets: “My opponent, GOP Senator David Perdue of Anti-Semitic Attack and Shame, was just mocking Senator Harris’ name as” Kamala-Mala-Mala-whatever “one Trump rally. We’re so much better than this. “
Sabrina Singh, Harris’ press secretary, condemned Perdue̵
“Well, that’s incredibly racist,” she said on Twitter. “Pick him and choose @ossoff.”
“Senator Perdue’s deliberately disrespectful mispronunciation of Senator Harris’ name is a bigoted and racist tactic straight out of President Trump’s manual. He owes Georgians an apology for his offensive portrayal,” said Nikema Williams, leader of the Georgian Democratic Party .
A spokeswoman for Perdue’s campaign defended his remarks in a statement to CNN.
“Senator Perdue just mispronounced Senator Harris’ name and he didn’t mean anything,” said Casey Black. “He has made an argument against the radical socialist agenda that you and your endorsed candidate, Jon Ossoff, are promoting.”
Republicans have mispronounced the California senator’s name many times, including President Donald Trump, who did so twice during a press conference on the day she was announced as Biden’s colleague.
“So I don’t respect you by accidentally pronouncing your name incorrectly?” Asked Carlson. “So it starts, you mustn’t criticize Kuh-MAH-la Harris or CA-muh-la or whatever.”
Kamala is pronounced “comma-la” like the punctuation mark, according to the California Senator. Harris wrote in the preface to her 2019 memoir, “The Truths We Keep”: “First, my name is pronounced like the punctuation mark” comma-la. “It means” lotus flower “which is a symbol of meaning in Indian culture The lotus grows underwater, its flower rising above the surface, while its roots are firmly planted in the river floor. “
If elected in November, Harris will become the nation’s first Indian-American vice president, first black vice president, first female vice president, and first Jamaican-American vice president. Harris’ father was born in Jamaica and their late mother was born in India.