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Outcry as Republican senator mocks Kamala Harris’ name

Mispronouncing Harris's name has become standard practice for Republicans

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, Oct. 18 — Republican Senator David Perdue, is seeking re- from Georgia, has sparked a after mispronouncing Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s first name during a speech at a for President .

“Kamala? Kamala? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. Whatever,” Perdue said in Macon, Georgia, in a comment that’s being seen as a ploy.

is unlikely that Perdue would have made the remark out of ignorance or by because he has served with Harris, a senator from , for at least three years.

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Mispronouncing Harris’s name has become standard practice for Republicans in recent times in what is seen by many as an effort to belittle her by highlighting her heritage – she’s the of an Indian-origin mother and Jamaica-origin father.

After the remark, Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff tweeted, “Senator Perdue never would have done this to a male colleague. Or a white colleague. And everyone knows .”

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