President Donald Trump condemned a “send her back” chant that broke out at his rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday that was directed at far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
Answering questions from reporters in the White House, Trump said regarding the chant: “I disagree with it … I felt a little bit badly about it … I was not happy with it, I disagree with it.”
The chant broke out after Trump highlighted Omar’s record, which includes many statements and actions that are shocking, to say the least.
“So representative Omar, blames the United States, for the terrorist attacks on our country, saying that terrorism is a reaction to our involvement in other people’s affairs,” Trump said, as reported by Fox News. “She smeared U.S. service members involved in Black Hawk Down. In other words, she slandered the brave Americans who were trying to keep peace in Somalia. Omar minimized the September 11th attacks on our homeland, saying ‘some people did something.’ I don’t think so. Some people did something. Yeah, some people did something. All right. She pleaded for compassion for ISIS recruits attempting to join the terrorist organization. She was looking for compassion.”
“Omar laughed that Americans speak of Al-Qaeda in a menacing tone and remarked that, you don’t say ‘America with this intensity. You say, Al-Qaeda makes you proud.’ Al-Qaeda makes you proud. You don’t speak that way about America,” Trump continued as the crowd booed. “And at a press conference just this week, when asked whether she supported Al-Qaeda — that’s our enemy, that’s our enemy, they are a very serious problem that we take care of, but they always seem to come along somewhere — she refused to answer. She didn’t want to give an answer to that question. Omar blamed the United States for the crisis in Venezuela. I mean think of that one.”
“She looks down with contempt on the hardworking American, saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country,” Trump concluded in his remarks on Omar. “And obviously and importantly, Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds.”
Trump later said the following about supporters who participated in the chant: “These are people that love our country. I want them to keep loving our country. And I think the congresswomen, by the way, should be more positive than they are … they have a big obligation … to love your country. … I’ve seen statements that they’ve made with such hatred toward our country and I don’t think that’s a good thing.”