Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant At Rally: ‘I Was Not Happy With It’
President Trump on Thursday disavowed the “send her back” chant that occurred during his raucous rally the night before, saying he was “not happy with it.”
After Trump mentioned Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar – who came to the United States as a child and became an American citizen at age 12 — the crowd at the North Carolina rally chanted “SEND HER BACK! SEND HER BACK!”
“I was not happy with it. I disagree with it,” Trump told to reporters at the White House on Thursday.
Asked why he did not stop chant: “I think I did — I started speaking very quickly.”
At the rally, Trump ripped the four lawmakers who are now calling themselves “The Squad”: Omar, along with Reps. Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts,
“Tonight I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down. They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say, hey, if they don’t like it, let them leave. Let them leave,” he said in Greenville.
Omar responded to the chants by saying Trump is a racist.
“We have said this president is racist. We have condemned his racist remarks. I believe he is fascist,” Omar said. “I want to remind people that this is what this president and his supporters have torn our country, that is supposed to be a country where we allow democratic debate and dissent to take place. And so, this is not about me; this is about us fighting for what this country truly should be.”
Omar later wrote on Twitter: “I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal!”
👋🏽 I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal! pic.twitter.com/W0OvDXGxQX
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 18, 2019