The so-called Harris-Biden ‘transition team’ misspelled Sen. Kamala Harris’ name as “Kaumala” in an announcement on Monday.
The team, which is operating under the media’s declaration that former Vice President Joe Biden is “president-elect,” issued the following statement:
“The president-elect will be joined by Vice President-elect Kaumala Harris.”
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) November 9, 2020
Democrats have previously alleged racism at the mispronunciation of Harris’s name.
The Associated Press (AP) reported in August:
Harris’ first name is pronounced “KAH’-mah-lah” — or, as she explains in her biography, “’comma-la,’ like the punctuation mark.” But mispronunciations have been rampant in the days since the California senator became the first Black woman and the first Asian American woman named to a major party’s ticket. Pence referred to her as “kah-MAH’-lah,” putting his emphasis on the second syllable, at events last week. Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel did the same on Wednesday, as did Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania on Thursday, the day after Harris delivered a prime-time speech accepting the Democratic nomination — a speech he indicated he watched.
“It is an effort to diminish her,” Fatima Goss Graves, president of the National Women’s Law Center Action Fund, declared to the AP. “It’s designed to signal difference.”
The AP said, “Harris supporters say there is a difference between someone who makes an honest mistake and wants to correct it and people who knowingly mispronounce her name, or who don’t care enough to get it right.”
Harris’ first name has been a source of controversy for those who mispronounce it, with accusations of racism leveled at misprouncers as Tucker Carlson recently pointed out.
Trump on Kamala Harris: "You have to say her name right or she gets very upset, right? Even though she doesn't say it right."
That was raised by Tucker Carlson after Harris campaigned in Cleveland pic.twitter.com/GyjRATfBO1
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 30, 2020
I pity the Biden staffer who came up with “Kaumala”.