Kamala Harris apologises for laughing after Indian man calls Trump's actions ‘mentally retarded’

Kamala Harris apologises for laughing after Indian man calls Trump's actions ‘mentally retarded’

Kamala Harris apologises for laughing after Indian man calls Trump's actions ‘mentally retarded’

By / USA News / Monday, 09 September 2019 07:19

Senator Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin US Senator, has apologised for laughing and  saying "well said" in response to a question from an Indian man who called President Donald Trump's actions "mentally retarded".

"When my staff played the video from my town hall yesterday, it was upsetting. I didn't hear the words the man used in that moment, but if I had I would've stopped and corrected him. I'm sorry. That word and others like it aren't acceptable. Ever," Harris said in a tweet on Saturday.

The questioner at the Londonderry town hall identified himself as being from Chennai, the same hometown as Harris' mother, and said he had spent "all this effort" to live the American dream and then Trump was elected .

"Somehow a racist bigot gets into the White House and then he says if you're not my colour you need to go back to your own country," said the man.Harris too laughed and responded: "Well said, well said". "I plan to win this election, I'll tell you that," she was quoted as saying in the report.

"Thank you for having the courage to stand up and say it is that there are a lot of people living with extreme fear right now in our country, extreme fear," Harris said.

The video made the rounds on Twitter on Saturday, hours after Harris had taken the stage at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention.

Harris was criticised online for using those words, prompting her to tender an apology.Born in Oakland, California, Harris is the daughter of an Indian mother who migrated to the US from Chennai in 1960 and a Jamaican-American father.

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