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18-7-2019 14:35:38

‘It’s un-American’: Conservatives are calling out the ‘send her back’ chants at Trump’s rally

President Donald Trump’s supporters at a campaign rally on Wednesday chanted “send her back,” in an apparent reference to Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s birthplace of Somalia and her opposition to Trump’s political agenda. Following the chant, Republican personalities widely condemned the sentiment and called out the chant. At least one prominent conservative media personality diverged from her political colleagues and instead decried what she called the media’s “Pavlovian” coverage of the incident. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump’s supporters at a campaign rally on Wednesday chanted “send her back,” in an apparent reference to Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s birthplace of Somalia and her opposition to Trump’s political agenda. The nativist chant happened in Greenville, North Carolina, after Trump remarked against Omar and “the Squad” – a group of four freshman Democratic lawmakers who have clashed with Trump recently over immigration and who Trump targeted early this week with a tweetstorm that has since dominated US political discussion. “She looks down with contempt on the hardworking Americans saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country,” Trump said, referring to Omar. “And obviously, and importantly, Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds.” Immediately following his statement, a crowd at the rally erupted in a chant: “Send her back!” Trump stopped his speech and observed the crowd before continuing: “So that’s Omar. That’s Omar.”Read more: Trump says he’s lost all his friends because they have ‘respect for the office of the presidency’Foto: President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at Williams Arena in Greenville, North Carolina, on Wednesday night.sourceCarolyn Kaster/AP Following the chant, Republican personalities widely condemned the sentiment and called out the chant. “Vile,” the conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said in a tweet. “Omar is awful. She is a radical anti-Semite with terrible views. She is also an American citizen and chanting for her deportation based on her exercise of the First Amendment is disgusting.” “‘Send her back’ is an appalling chant,” the Fox News contributor Guy Benson tweeted. “I’m very tough on Omar bc she deserves it, on the merits,” the Fox News commentator Guy Benson tweeted. “I am sickened by the hate-laced ‘send her back’ chants. Shame on every person who participated. POTUS has a responsibility to put an end to it. He alone has the ability to do so.” The conservative radio host and former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois described the chant as “ugly” and “un-American.” “It saddens me beyond belief that the standard-bearer for the Republican Party, my Party, is making ‘Send her back’ his re-election rallying cry,” Walsh tweeted. “It’s so ugly. It’s so un-American. It just saddens me beyond belief.” “It’s ignorant,” he added. “It’s dangerous. And it’s un-American. It’s flat out bigotry. And every Republican should condemn this bigotry immediately. Stop this now.” The chant came days after Trump issued tweets that were widely condemned by lawmakers from both parties. On Sunday, Trump suggested that Reps. Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Omar is the only one of those four congresswomen of color who was born outside the US. She is originally from Somalia and fled the civil war to seek asylum in the US in 1995 when she was 10 years old. Omar became a naturalized citizen at age 17 and was eventually elected to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in 2019. The House on Tuesday evening passed a resolution condemning Trump’s tweets as “racist comments” in a 240-187 vote. “I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal,” Omar tweeted after Trump’s rally. At least one prominent conservative media personality diverged with her colleagues and instead decried what she called the media’s “Pavlovian” coverage of the incident. The Fox News opinion host Laura Ingraham defended Trump’s remarks and described the news coverage of the chant as “conjured up outrage.”The post ‘It’s un-American’: Conservatives are calling out the ‘send her back’ chants at Trump’s rally appeared first on Business Insider Nederland.
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