Sen. David Perdue’s racist treatment of Sen. Kamala Harris’s name was all too familiar 

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Sen. David Perdue, R-GA, poses for a photo with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, September 30, 2020, in Washington, DC. | Anna Moneymaker/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

Perdue’s actions framed Harris as someone who’s different.

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) — in an attempt to gin up the crowd at President Donald Trump’s rally in Macon, Georgia, on Friday — took the opportunity to mock Sen. Kamala Harris’s name.

“The most insidious thing that Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden are trying to perpetrate, and Bernie, and Elizabeth, and KAH-mah-la, or Kah-MAH-la, or KAH-mah-la or Kamala-mala-mala, I don’t know, whatever,” he said.

It’s a move that was blatantly racist, and one that framed Harris — who is the first Black woman and first South Asian American woman to be a major party vice presidential nominee — as someone who’s different.

A Perdue spokesperson pushed back on this interpretation after the senator received extensive blowback for his actions. “Senator Perdue simply mispronounced Senator Harris’ name, and he didn’t mean anything by it,” said Perdue’s campaign communications director, John Burke, in…


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