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Georgia Republican senator willfully mispronounces Kamala Harris' name at Trump rally

October 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Senator David Perdue (R-GA) asks questions during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Department of Defense Spectrum Policy and the Impact of the Federal Communications Commission's Ligado Decision on National Security on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 6, 2020. (Photo by Greg Nash / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GREG NASH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican who's locked in a tight reelection battle against Democrat Jon Ossoff, willfully mispronounced his Senate colleague Kamala Harris' name on Friday during remarks ahead of President Donald Trump's rally in the Peach State.

(CNN)Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican who's locked in a tight reelection battle against Democrat Jon Ossoff, willfully mispronounced his Senate colleague Kamala Harris' name on Friday during remarks ahead of President Donald Trump's rally in the Peach State.

Perdue, who serves on the Senate Budget Committee with Harris, was speaking ahead of the President's arrival in Macon when derisively referred to the vice presidential candidate as "Ka-MAL-a (sic), Ka-MAL-a or Kamala, Kamala, Ka-mala, -mala, -mala, I don't know, whatever," to laughter from the crowd.

Ossoff quickly criticized Perdue for the remark, writing in a series of tweets, "My opponent, GOP Sen. David Perdue of anti-Semitic attack ad infamy, just mocked Sen. Harris' name as 'Kamala-mala-mala-whatever' at a Trump rally.

Sabrina Singh, Harris' press secretary, condemned Perdue's statement.

"Senator Perdue's intentionally disrespectful mispronunciation of Senator Harris's name is a bigoted and racist tactic straight from President Trump's handbook.

A spokeswoman for Perdue's campaign defended his remarks in a statement to CNN.

"Senator Perdue simply mispronounced Senator Harris' name, and he didn't mean anything by it," said Casey Black.

It's not the first time during this campaign that Perdue has been accused of discrimination against a Democrat.

Perdue was criticized in June when his campaign was forced to pull a digital ad attacking Ossoff, which showed the Democrat's nose enlarged, a hallmark of an anti-Semitic trope.

but to ensure there is absolutely no confusion, we have immediately removed the image from Facebook. " After that incident, a campaign spokeswoman said Perdue has a "strong and consistent record of standing firmly against anti-Semitism and all forms of hate" and co-sponsored a resolution in 2019 condemning anti-Semitism.

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