By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch
You say “KAM-a-la”... I say “Comma-la.”
Tucker Carlson was schooled by Democratic strategist Richard Goodstein after the Fox News host mispronounced newly named vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s first name.
“Her name is pronounced ‘Comma’ — like the punctuation mark — ‘la,’” Goodstein said. “Seriously, I’ve heard every sort of bastardization of that. That’s how it is. ‘Comma-la.’”
Carlson was more than a bit peeved. “OK... So what?”
Goodstein fired back that he should have respect for somebody’s who’s going to be on the national ticket. “Pronouncing her name right is actually kind of a bare minimum,” he said.
Carlson flashed his trademark smirk.
“So I’m disrespecting her by mispronouncing her name unintentionally? So it begins,” he said “You’re not allowed to criticize ‘Ka-MAL-a’ or ‘KAM-a-la’ or whatever it is...”
Watch the exchange:
That clip went viral overnight, garnering more than 1.6 million views.
One viewer by the name of “Dan Todd” was applauded for offering up this take : Carlson “obviously was mispronouncing it intentionally. It’s a well known power move by arrogant guys to let everyone know that the other person is insignificant.”
Charlotte Clymer, a former spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, also chimed in:
As did former GOP presidential candidate Joe Walsh:
For the official pronunciation, let’s go straight to the source:
Regardless of whether Carlson’s mispronunciation was intentional or not — it was — it’s pretty clear that he’s no fan, having called her perhaps “the single most transactional human being” in the U.S.
“There are timeshare salesmen you would trust more than Kamala Harris,” he said during his opening monologue. “You could find payday lenders who are more sincere.”
Watch the full segment: