A Georgia Republican mocked fellow Sen. Kamala Harris’ title as “Kamala-mala-mala … whatever” at a marketing campaign rally in Macon — and throughout the hour, his Democrat opponent was on Twitter and cable TV calling him racist.
Sen. David Perdue, who has been within the senate with Harris for 3 years, says through a spokesman that he “didn’t mean anything by it” when he mispronounced his colleague’s title.
Perdue was on stage upfront of rally headliner President Trump Friday evening when he made this reference to Harris, the Democratic candidate for vice chairman:
“Kamala? Kamala? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. Whatever.”
But his opponent in a good race for Perdue’s seat, Jon Ossoff, shortly tweeted a video of Purdue’s diss.
“Senator Purdue never would have done this to a male colleague,” he stated within the tweet.
“Or a white colleague. And everyone knows it.”
An hour had not handed earlier than Ossoff was on MSNBC condemning Purdue’s “race-baiting.”
“This kind of vile, race-baiting trash talk is what President Trump has unleashed from sitting Republican members in the Senate,” he informed the cable community’s Joy Reid.
National Journal reporter Josh Kraushaar was fast to point out the timing.
“Talk about rapid response,” he tweeted. “The same hour Sen. Perdue mangles Kamala Harris’ name, Jon Ossoff goes on MSNBC to go on the attack.”
In response, @dfinney16 tweeted a video of Harris’ running mate, Joe Biden.
“Has everyone forgotten that Biden couldn’t pronounce it either?” he wrote above a link to the clip.