As Trump Opening Act, Georgia Senator Mocks Kamala Harris’s Name

Georgia Sen. David Perdue (R), whose biological age is 70, regressed back to being a seven-year-old Friday when he deliberately mocked Sen. Kamala Harris’s name as he performed as an opening act for Donald Trump’s Macon, Ga., campaign rally.

Perdue, who has served alongside Harris in the Senate for four years, is in a hotly contested reelection race with Democrat Jon Ossoff. The challenger described Perdue’s performance as “vile, race-baiting trash talk” during an interview on MSNBC’s “The Reid Out.” “This is what President Trump has unleashed from sitting Republican members in the Senate,” Ossoff said. “To mock his colleague’s name in that way, to show such disrespect for the Indian-American community here in Georgia, for Black women, to show such open bigotry, but that is who Sen. David Perdue, my opponent, has shown himself to be.”

This isn’t the first time Perdue has resorted to personal attacks during the campaign. In July, he was shamed into pulling down an ad that included an image of Ossoff’s face that lengthened and thickened his nose. Ossoff is Jewish and the ad was widely criticized as anti-Semitic.

Perdue’s communications director, John Burke, lamely responded to criticism about the GOP senator’s Friday stunt by saying “Senator Purdue simply mispronounced Senator Harris’ name, and he didn’t mean anything by it.”

Not too many are buying that excuse.

Nikema Williams, chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, said Purdue owes voters an apology. “Senator Perdue’s intentionally disrespectful mispronunciation of Senator Harris’ name is a bigoted and racist tactic straight from President Trump’s handbook,” said Williams.

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