Dear Commons Community,
Republican Senator David Perdue mocked Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s first name at a rally on Friday in Macon, Georgia.
He referred to Kamala Harris as “Kamala? Kamala? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know, whatever” while speaking to a crowd of President Donald Trump supporters and was immediately accused of deliberately butchering and mocking her name in a racist appeal.
A spokesperson for Perdue said, “Senator Perdue simply mispronounced Senator Harris’ name, and he didn’t mean anything by it,” but very few seemed to believe this explanation.
“Senator David Perdue has served in the Senate alongside Vice Presidential nominee and Senator Kamala Harris since 2017,” the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said in a statement. “He knows her name and he knows how to say it. His disgusting performance today is nothing more than a desperate dog whistle from a losing politician who was already caught running anti-Semitic ads against Jon Ossoff.”
The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s headline on the incident read, “Perdue purposely flubs Kamala Harris’ name, drawing sharp criticism,” and CNN’s chyron during a live broadcast read, “Georgia GOP Sen. Perdue willfully mispronounces Sen. Kamala Harris’ name at Trump rally.”
Regardless of whether the name flub was intentional or not, it is still a very costly mistake.
Not even a full day after Georgia Sen. David Perdue mispronounced the name of vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris — a colleague he has served with on the Senate Budget Committee for almost four years — Perdue’s Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff raised over $1 million online after circulating the clip of Perdue speaking at the rally for President Trump.
The race’s most recent polling average from RealClearPolitics shows a tight race with Perdue at 46.0% support and Ossoff at 45.0% support, so it is certainly not in Perdue’s best interest for Ossoff to receive a sudden cash infusion with just over two weeks until Election Day.
Perdue and his kind are disgraces to the country and have no business in the US Senate.