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SALISBURY, Md. — Perdue Chicken and Sen. David Perdue might share a name, but that’s where the affiliation ends, according to the national chicken company. 

Social media users called for a boycott of Perdue Chicken over the weekend thinking it was associated with the Georgia Republican. The chicken company says that isn’t the case.

Perdue, the senator, is facing backlash after it appeared he purposefully mispronounced the name of Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris during a rally for President Donald Trump in Macon, Georgia, on Friday. 

“The most insidious thing that Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden are trying to perpetuate, and Bernie (Sanders) and Elizabeth (Warren) and Kamala – Kah-ma-la, or Kah-mah-la, or Kamala-mala-mala – I don’t know, whatever,” Perdue said. 

Perdue has been in the Senate with Harris for three years, and serves with the California senator on the budget committee. 

Perdue’s staff insisted the senator’s comments were unintentional, but criticism of the remark grew on social media.

Harris’ spokesperson Sabrina Singh called Perdue’s comments “incredibly racist,” and Andrew Bates, spokesman for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said America can do “so much better than David Perdue.”  

The backlash continued to grow, and eventually, social media commenters started a hashtag calling for Americans to boycott Perdue Chicken, believing the company was connected to the Georgia senator. 

Perdue Chicken quickly responded to the call for a boycott by explaining that David Perdue has no affiliation with the chicken company. 

“David Perdue has no affiliation with our Perdue brand,” the company tweeted multiple times throughout the weekend trying to clarify the misconception. 

The chicken company’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed by some on Twitter. Many of Perdue Chicken’s tweets were signed by an individual named Eliza, and Twitter commenters began to circulate “Poor Eliza” as the chicken company continued to clarify its non-affiliation with David Perdue. 

Perdue Chicken is headquartered in Salisbury and was founded by Arthur Perdue in 1920, according to the company’s website. Since then, the company has been handed down through the family, and today is one of the largest chicken product producers in the United States. 

Although Sen. Perdue is the cousin of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, according to the senator’s campaign, he has no relation to the Perdues who started the national chicken company. 

The senator is locked in a tight reelection battle with his Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff, according to recent polls. 

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