President Donald Trump continues his re-election campaign on the road again Wednesday night, and unsurprisingly kept up his attack on Rep Ilhan Omar. It likely won’t be the last time his faithful followers respond with chants of “Send her back!
countries that were “a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, the most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world.” And then he told them to “go back there … you can’t leave fast enough.” Only Omar, who came to the U.S. as a child, was not born in this country.
defining moments of the late Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
“Struggling to contain an emotional fire his own campaign kindled,
Republican presidential nominee John McCain spent much of a town hall meeting in Lakeville on Friday trying to cool his supporters’
growing hostility toward Democrat Barack Obama,” former Star Tribune staff writer Bob von Sternberg reported after the event.
So “Send her back!” is the new “Lock her up!” And U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, not U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, is the Minnesota politician the nation is focused on this week.
That does not need to be our campaign call like we did the ‘lock her up’ last time,” said Rep. Mark Walker,
R-N.C., referring to a chant common at Trump rallies when the president mentions Hillary Clinton, the Democrat he defeated in 2016.
Walker, who leads a caucus of conservatives in the House and is a consistent Trump supporter, described the “send her back” chant, which he witnessed firsthand, as “offensive.”
the Washington Examiner had aggressively defended Trump against Democratic charges of racism and xenophobia,
were among the array of Republicans usually silent in these instances to chide rally-goers for chanting “send her back.”
Recent outspoken push back, especially from House Republicans, might have worked. Less than 24 hours after the rally,
and within a few hours of Republicans registering their complaints with the White House, Trump appeared to disavow the chants. “
I was not happy with it, I disagree with it,” he told reporters.Pressured,
to explain why they would go so far as to criticize voters but let Trump off the hook,
some Republicans said Trump did not intend to use rhetoric deemed
xenophobic and racist by some Americans. Rather,
they insist, the president in artfully attempted to deploy a version of the “love it or leave it”
construct against this group of liberal,
non-white congresswomen who have been highly critical of U.S. domestic and foreign policy.