A Republican senator from Georgia openly mocked the name of Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris over the weekend, and it has come back to favor Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Harris and other Democrats running for office.
Celebrities and many Democrats have posted their own versions of #MyNameIs, and it became a viral thread this weekend.
First, here’s what happened in Georgia to spark this movement. GOP Sen. David Perdue at a recent rally in his state mocked Harris’ first name. The mockery happened Friday in Macon, Georgia, during President Donald Trump’s rally in the state to charge voters to go and vote red—for both him and Perdue.
Here’s what Perdue said: “Kamala? Kamala? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. Whatever.”
Perdue’s Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff, posted the video of Perdue doing this.
“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,” Ossoff tweeted. “We are so much better than this.”
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. pic.twitter.com/9AvoQK4RdN
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) October 16, 2020
This came the same day Ossoff also tweeted that he was leading Perdue in recent polls.
We’re 18 days out and I’m narrowly leading Sen. Perdue in the polls.
Chip in $1 to end his career:https://t.co/EIcdqorNzj
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) October 16, 2020
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Perdue’s mockery led to an additional $2 million in fundraising for Ossoff.
However, the tweet set off a firestorm of retweets from folks of all backgrounds, particularly stating what their name means.
Daniel Dae Kim, who has more than a quarter of a million followers on Twitter, said his name means “respect,” and that he intends to vote for Joe Biden for president now.”
#MyNameIs Daniel Dae Hyun Kim, or in Korean, ê¹ëí. It means âgreat and powerful one.â My name is not âMacacaâ or âKung Flu.â
And @sendavidperdue, her name is not âKamala Mala Mala I Donât Know Whatever.â #Respect. One more reason to vote for @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris.
— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) October 18, 2020
Actress Lea Thompson (of “Back to the Future” fame) said her name is spelled Hawaiian because her father was stationed at Pearl Harbor.
.#MyNameIs Lea Thompson. It’s pronounced LEE Ah. My mom spelled it that way because my dad was stationed in Pearl Harbor. It is a Hawaiian spelling she said. My mother had respect, not contempt for other cultures. So please join me in voting for #BidenHarris2020 #IWillVote
— Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson) October 18, 2020
Former Olympic ice skater Michelle Kwan chimed in, saying “Michelle Wing Kwan & in Chinese pinyin it’s pronounced Guan Ying Shan. It means beautiful, strong and smart. What’s not beautiful, strong or smart is mocking ppl for their ‘foreign sounding’ names.”
#MyNameIs Michelle Wing Kwan & in Chinese pinyin it’s pronounced Guan Ying Shan. It means beautiful, strong and smart. What’s not beautiful, strong or smart is mocking ppl for their ‘foreign sounding’ names. Join me in voting for @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris instead #Iwillvote
— Michelle Kwan (@MichelleWKwan) October 17, 2020
Meena Harris said she was named after just a Hindu goddess, and a “long line of strong women” in her family. Then there was Gautum Raghaven, who said his great grandmother’s name was “Kamala.”
#MyNameIs Meenakshi. I’m named after the Hindu goddess, as well as my great great grandmother. I come from a long line of strong women who taught me to be proud of my heritage and to demand respectâespecially from racist white men like @sendavidperdue who are threatened by us. https://t.co/Bonzz5n3Xu
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) October 17, 2020
Kamala Harris, who is a California senator, is the daughter of Shyamala Gopalan and Donald Harris. Her father is Jamaican and her mother is from India.
In 2010, Kamala Harris became the first female, and first Indian-American-Jamaican, attorney general in California. She won reelection in 2014, and won election into the U.S. Senate in 2016.
Ossoff said he has raised roughly $1.8 million by Sunday night because of the comments from Perdue.
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