Trump ‘Felt Badly’ About ‘Send Her Back’ Chant Directed At Ilhan Omar
Donald Trump has said he ‘felt badly’ about ‘send her back’ chants directed at Ilhan Omar during his campaign rally in North Carolina.
Trump said he disagreed with the attack on Somali-born US citizen Omar, though the chants came just days after he himself told the Democratic Representative, along with three other Congresswomen, to ‘go back to the countries they came from’.
During the rally on Wednesday night (July 17), the POTUS dedicated 20 minutes of a lengthy speech to further criticising the group and targeting Omar. His comments led to the 8,000 attendees chanting ‘send her back!’.
Though the president didn’t stop his supporters, he told reporters in the Oval Office today he wasn’t happy about the comments.
According to Sky News, he said:
I felt a little bit badly about it. I would say that I was not happy with it. I disagreed with it. But again, I didn’t say that. They did. And I disagreed with it.
When asked why he didn’t put a stop to the chanting, he responded:
I think I did. I started speaking very quickly.
In reality, the president stayed quiet for 12 seconds while his supporters repeatedly shouted ‘send her back’.
In an interview with Fox News, White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley claimed the president ‘didn’t let it go on very long.’
He was very stoic and kept driving his message home. He didn’t let the crowd slow him down all that long, except to hear what they were chanting.
The president made further negative comments about the four Congresswomen he had initially targeted in a second appearance at the White House today.
There’s such hatred. They have such hatred, a foursome of liberal first-term congresswomen.
I’ve seen statements that they’ve made with such hatred toward our country. And I don’t think that’s a good thing. They should embrace our country.
Omar made her thoughts about Trump clear following the rally, telling reporters:
We have said this president is a racist. We have condemned his racist remarks. I believe he is fascist.
The Congresswoman has received support from across the world, with the hashtag ‘#IStandWithIlhan’ trending on Twitter.
The House of Representatives voted to condemn the president’s initial tweets targeting the group of four women.
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