Kamala Harris Says Political Figures Mispronouncing Her Name Are "Predictable and Childish"

Kamala Harris and Trevor Noah on 'The Daily Show'
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Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris joined Trevor Noah on The Daily Social Distancing Show Thursday night where she addressed those who mispronounce her name.

"Why does it seem like it becomes harder to pronounce your name the more conservative a person is?" Noah asked, also mentioning that "any immigrant has this story." "Any child of immigrants has this story. How does it make you feel when you see people fighting about your name?"

Harris was quick to emphasize that someone's name is "one of the greatest gifts that a family can give you." "It is the first gift that a child, when they enter the Earth, receives from their family. It is usually informed by tradition and love, and the hope and aspiration the family has for that child. It is something precious and sacred and it is a part of their identity," she explained.

"When I see people fighting for the right for that to be respected and treated in a dignified way, I applaud and salute that. Anybody who otherwise, on the other side of that wants to play childish games as though the highest elected leaders should conduct themselves like they did when they were children on the playground," Harris said, also noting that "it's a reflection of their value and maturity."

During a recent rally in Arizona, President Donald Trump made a jab at Harris, saying "if you don't pronounce her name exactly right, she gets very angry at you."

Harris assured that she doesn't give attention to the name calling she's experienced while running in the election. "There are some of us who have lived a lifetime of being called names and it is predictable and it is childish and it will not distract me."

As both parties campaign amid a global pandemic, Noah said that the election has now presented the argument that the country will either be open or all locked down depending on which candidate wins the election. Harris noted that while the country continues to grapple with the novel coronavirus pandemic, the pandemic "accelerated what was messed up already."

"People who were doing badly before are doing even worse," she said. She went on to address the importance of healthcare and reminded that "the body doesn't just start from the neck down" but "it's also from the neck up." "That's called mental health care," she said. "People are going through so much trauma even before, especially now, let's address that." She added, "You have to see the people, understand their needs and speak to their needs as opposed to what this guy in the White House does which is he looks in the mirror and that's who he speaks to full time."

Noah later discussed why he thinks "it's interesting being Kamala Harris" given she has various personas whether it be considered "crazier than Bernie [Sanders], the most socialist person in the world" or described as "not progressive enough." "Who are you to you?" Noah asked.

"I am the child of parents who fought for civil rights. I am the daughter of a mother who arrived in the United States at the age of 19 and believed that she and her children could do anything and that we should never hear 'no.' These are some of the things that have fueled my ambition to fight for equality, to fight for justice, to fight for fairness."

Watch more from Harris' interview below.