Republicans are playing political defense in the once reliably-red state of Georgia.
President Donald Trump is holding a Friday night campaign rally despite the coronavirus pandemic and had Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) warm up the crowd.
Perdue has served alongside Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in the U.S. Senate for 1,382 days, but pretended to not know how to pronounce her name during his speech.
"Bernie and Elizabeth and Kah-mah-la or Kah-ma-la or Kamamboamamla or however you say it," is the rough transcript CNN's Ryan Nobles provided on Twitter.
Perdue then warned the crowd of a potential liberal take over of government with "Bernie and Elizabeth and Kah-mah-… https://t.co/HfzIj3GGUM— Ryan Nobles (@Ryan Nobles)1602885401.0
Perdue is being challenged by Democrat Jon Ossoff, whose campaign posted video of the speech to Twitter:
David Perdue is just gross. He mispronounced @KamalaHarris' name just now warming up the stage for… https://t.co/ZaK8RAExeF— Miryam Lipper (@Miryam Lipper)1602886736.0
Purdue was blasted for his remarks:
Sen. Perdue is the same POS who enlarged his opponent Jon Ossoff's nose in an anti-Semitic campaign ad. Georgia des… https://t.co/lLFiygud0d— Mark Harris (@Mark Harris)1602888101.0
My opponent, GOP Sen. David Perdue of anti-Semitic attack ad infamy, just mocked Sen. Harris' name as "Kamala-mala-… https://t.co/v39sXpRCZ1— Jon Ossoff (@Jon Ossoff)1602887328.0
Kamala's not that hard to pronounce. It's just as easy as Perdue, which is pronounced "racist." https://t.co/UcCMJ19JdC— Hari Sevugan (@Hari Sevugan)1602888413.0
Your macaca moment for 2020. This is not going to work out well for Perdue... https://t.co/7xgOeDJCVs— Liz Mair (@Liz Mair)1602886765.0
This is a vile, racist act by Senator David Perdue. We must elect @ossoff in #gasen https://t.co/WhoQTO286q— Justin Barasky (@Justin Barasky)1602887600.0
Sen. David Perdue, Super Racist https://t.co/pi9YxqvLoR— john r stanton (@john r stanton)1602887385.0