Republican senator mocks Kamala Harris' name at Trump rally

“Kamala-mala-mala? Whatever”: Senator mispronounces Kamala Harris’ name at Trump rally

“Kamala-mala-mala? Whatever”: Senator mispronounces Kamala Harris’ name at Trump rally

David Perdue (R-GA) is responding to criticism of what some have called a willfully racist move - claiming that the Georgia senator on Friday "didn't mean anything by" what looked like a purposeful mispronunciation of the first name of the senator's colleague of almost four years, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

"The most insidious thing that Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden are trying to perpetrate, and Bernie and Elizzbeth and Kamala - Kah-ma-la or Kah-mah-la or Kamalamalamala, I don't know..." "Whatever." The audience laughed. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) chimed in on Saturday in a tweet rebuking Perdue's butchered pronunciation of his colleague's name.

She has said her name should be pronounced "comma-la". Perdue for butchering the name of his Senate colleague was Sabrina Singh, a press secretary for Ms. Harris, who called it "incredibly racist".

Ossoff, who staged an unsuccessful bid for Congress in a 2017 special election, also tweeted a fundraising message over video of Perdue's comments and said in another tweet, "Senator Perdue never would have done this to a male colleague".

Currently, the RealClearPolitics average of recent polling data has suggested Perdue is locked in a dead heat battle against Democratic opponent and investigative journalist Jon Ossoff.

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But the chasm was painful nonetheless, and has gotten exponentially more so in Trump's era of chest-thumping partisan tribalism. He now works as the Public Liaison Assistant to President Trump .

Perdue is in a hotly contested race for re-election. "And everyone knows it", Ossoff added in a later tweet. Perdue in November, tweeted that his opponent mocked Sen. Kamala Harris's name as he performed as an opening act for Donald Trump's Macon, Ga., campaign rally. "We are so much better than this".

A spokesperson for Perdue said the first-term senator "didn't mean anything by it".

"Perdue has proven he lacks the dignity and respect that Georgians deserve from their US senator, and he should instantly apologize", Kalla added. Perdue tried three times to say the name of the party's vice presidential nominee before jokingly referring to her as "Kamalamalamala". "He owes the Georgians an apology for his offensive portrayal".

Earlier in the day, Ossoff announced he'd raised $21.3 million in the past quarter, the largest quarterly haul for any Senate candidate in the state's history.

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