Tracking The GOP Response To The ‘Send Her Back’ Chant At Trump’s Rally

GREENVILLE, NC - JULY 17: President Donald Trump speaks during a Keep America Great rally on July 17, 2019 in Greenville, North Carolina. Trump is speaking in North Carolina only hours after The House of Representati... GREENVILLE, NC - JULY 17: President Donald Trump speaks during a Keep America Great rally on July 17, 2019 in Greenville, North Carolina. Trump is speaking in North Carolina only hours after The House of Representatives voted down an effort from a Texas Democrat to impeach the President. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) MORE LESS
July 18, 2019 7:54 a.m.

President Donald Trump dropped Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) name at his rally in North Carolina Wednesday night, nodding as the crowd started screaming “send her back!”

Omar fled Somalia as a refugee in her pre-teen years, and is an American citizen.

Here are the Republican reactions so far to this newest bout of blatant racism and xenophobia.

Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC):

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) via a TIME reporter:

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): 

Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo did not ask him specifically about the chanting, but did ask for reactions to the President’s comments at the rally. McConnell replied that “he’s right” about “the squad wanting to turn us into a socialist country.”

“What he should have added, however, is that it’s a lot broader than just four of them,” he added. “You know the speaker, the Democratic leader of the Senate, a whole lot of others including presidential candidates have all signed up for things like the Green New Deal.”

He added later that “the President is onto something here” about his dire warnings that electing a Democrat in 2020 will result in a socialist takeover.

RepAdam Kinzinger (R-IL): 

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Rubio called Trump’s tweets earlier this week “wrong” and the “chant last night grotesque,” but then accused Democrats and the media of being hypocrites.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC):

“The point is, they’re all American citizens entitled to their voice,” Graham told a scrum of reporters. “And when they do provocative things, they’re going to be met with provocation.”

“I’ve said before that if you’re a Somali refugee wearing a MAGA hat, he doesn’t want to send you back, you’d probably have dinner at the White House,” he continued. “What does that tell me? That it’s about the criticism and the critic. The President believes that what they are doing is over the top.”

Sen. Tom Reed (R-NY):

“That is obviously rhetoric that I don’t engage in, nor do I support,” Reed told CNN’s Kate Boudan. “But at the end of the day, the contrast in the position is what we’re going to be facing here in this upcoming election. It is going to be about big government socialism versus standing for America, standing with America and being proud of America. Don’t apologize for America.”

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS):

“My view is that the congresswomen who the President referred to are American citizens, they are elected officials,” Moran said at a town hall, per the Wichita Eagle. “It is inappropriate to suggest they go home to any place – they are home.”

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-KS):

“Just because the so-called squad constantly insults and attacks the President isn’t a reason to adopt their unacceptable tactics. There is plenty to say about how destructive House Democrats’ policies would be for our economy, our health care system, and our security,” Blunt said in a statement obtained by the Eagle. “I think that’s where the focus should be.”

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT):

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R) who is mounting a primary challenge against Trump:

The “Fox and Friends” team:

Contributor Guy Benson called the chanting “not a great look for [Trump],” but host Brian Kilmeade quickly jumped in with a defense, saying “It gives MSNBC and CNN something to focus on as opposed to a raucous speech that not any of the 24 [Democratic candidates] could possibly have done.”

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH): 


This post will be updated as more reactions roll in throughout the day.

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