THE WHITE HOUSE – President Donald Trump disavowed to reporters today the “send her back” chant, attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) that his supporters chanted at his Make America Great rally in Greenville, N.C., Wednesday night.
“I was not happy with it. I disagree with it,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
When asked to clarify, Trump retorted, “I think I did. I started speaking very quickly.”
In an apparent effort to further distance himself from the chants, Trump quipped to reporters to go there [North Carolina] and “ask the people ‘why did they say that?’”
Trump’s distancing himself from the rally fracas comes after leaders of his own party appear to be stepping back from the turgid tone this rally set. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said at his weekly news conference that the chants “have no place in our party and no place in this country.”
Omar herself suggested on Independence Avenue outside the Capitol that the chants were not necessarily directed at her, but at a broader community who “share my identity.”
When asked if she is scared for her safety, Omar said she is not. “What I’m scared for is the safety for people who share my identity.” Omar continued, “This is not about me. This is about fighting for what this country should be and what it deserves to be.”