Asian Names Celebrated on Twitter After GOP Senator Mocks ‘Kamala Harris’ at Rally

Asian Names Celebrated on Twitter After GOP Senator Mocks ‘Kamala Harris’ at Rally

October 19, 2020
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Many Twitter users are giving support to Kamala Harris after Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue made fun of her first name during a rally last Friday in Macon.
Not-so-classy move: Perdue was speaking ahead of President Donald Trump’s arrival at the Macon rally last week when he mispronounced Harris’ name in a mocking manner, according to CNN.
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  • “Ka-MAL-a (sic), Ka-MAL-a or Kamala, Kamala, Ka-mala, -mala, -mala, I don’t know, whatever,” the 70-year-old politician said.
  • Georgia Democrat Senator Jon Ossoff, who is in a tight reelection battle with Perdue, called out the latter for his mispronunciations in a series of Twitter posts.
  • “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. We are so much better than this,” he wrote.
  • Harris’ press secretary, Sabrina Singh, also condemned the senator and urged voters to vote for Ossoff instead, claiming Perdue’s remarks are inexcusable having been her “Senate colleague for over 3 years.”
  • After the rally, Perdue’s camp released a statement to CNN defending the senator’s deliberate mispronunciation of Harris’ name, saying, “Senator Perdue simply mispronounced Senator Harris’ name, and he didn’t mean anything by it. He was making an argument against the radical socialist agenda that she and her endorsed candidate Jon Ossoff are pushing.”
Show of support: After Perdue’s mockery went viral online, many users began voicing their support for Harris by making the hashtag #MyNameIs trending on Twitter, Mashable reported.
  • People used the hashtag to explain the meaning behind their names and how to pronounce them.
  • As for “Kamala,” Behind the Name said it means “lotus” or “pale red” in Sanskrit. It is also another name for Lakshmi, a Hindu goddess.
  • Here’s what some people wrote for their name:
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Featured Image Screenshots via Kamala Harris (left), @ossoff (right)
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