‘Not Acceptable’: House Republican Campaign Chair Blasts the ‘Send Her Back’ Chant at Trump’s Rally

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, and the crowd responded with "send her back", at a "Keep America Great" campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, U.S., July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) blasted the controversial “send her back” chant that took place at President Donald Trump’s campaign rally on Wednesday.

While speaking to journalists at a breakfast put on by the Christian Science Monitor, Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) said that there was “no place” for the chant from the crowd at the president’s re-election rally in Greenville, North Carolina, and that he did not “agree” with it.

The chant came in reference to Emmer’s fellow Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who became a naturalized U.S. citizen after seeking refuge in America from her home country of Somalia.

“I didn’t watch the rally last night, but there’s no place for that kind of talk,” said Emmer. “I don’t agree with it.”

The Minnesota Republican was later asked if he believed the chant to be racist, to which he responded that it was “not acceptable” and called the controversy surrounding the president’s recent tweets seemingly aimed at Omar and the other members of her squad “manufactured.”

Emmer went on to say that there was “not a racist bone” in Trump’s “body” and that what he was trying to say was that those who “don’t appreciate this country” do not “have to be here,” and that it had “nothing to do” with a person’s “race,” “family history,” or “gender.”

“There’s not a racist bone in this president’s body. What he was trying to say, he said wrong. What he was trying to say is that if you don’t appreciate this country, you don’t have to be here. That goes for every one of us. That has nothing to do with your race, your gender, your family history. It has to do with respecting and loving your country.”

Emmer heads the campaign arm of the House Republicans as its chairman and plays a critical role in GOP House election efforts across the country.

Trump told White House reporters on Thursday he was “not happy” with the chants. “I disagree with it,” he said.

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Andrew
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Andrew

This is simply ludicrous! What is POTUS supposed to do? He can’t control people from what they’re chanting or saying. We’re not in the business of mind control like the Libs who indoctrinate most of our universities. The word “illegal immigrant” is mentioned and they all start spewing the same garbage almost verbatim about white nationalism and racism. These GOP congressman and officials are just scared to be hit by the left wing media; that’s why they react this way. So, Trump is supposed to control all speech and reactions of his supporters, but, an Antifa member tries to bomb… Read more »

Screwtape
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While Emmer may deny it, this is a REAL sentiment from the voters. It may be impracticable, but he’s wrong to deny it, which may also reveal his own dismissal of those same voters.

Think about it. Trump won by harnessing the anger and resentment from the Obozo years and fears of continuation under Hillary. He’s an idiot NOT to use this AND he’s also a GOPe* for dismissing those voters.

*GOPe = GOP establishment. The same sell-out losers like McCain, Flake, Amash, etc.

Kathryn Davis
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Kathryn Davis

Do we care that he does not agree with the chanting? Because you attend a rally for a candidate does not give the Chairman of the Republican Congressional Committee any authority to agree with or disagree with a spontaneous chant by those attending. His opinion does not negate our right to free speech.

Screwtape
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Let’s recall that Omar is still under investigation for both immigration and tax fraud. Marrying one’s brother rarely ends well.She lied to immigration, falsified her taxes, and now denies supporting terrorism, anti-Semitism, or holding the US in contempt.

There’s a Muslim principle called “takiyya”, i.e. lying to non-believers. I suppose that makes those who believe her dhimmis.

Dave Hardesty
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He didn’t watch it so he really has no firs hand information. Just what someone else told him. With all due respect he shouldn’t be commenting.

Charles
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Charles

Man up and get a back bone you spineless RINO. We the people, real Americans who love this country and the things it stands for are sick and tired of people who came here from a crap hole country talking trash and disrespecting the American people and this country. Send her back and anyone else who wasn’t born here or shut up and work hard, make a life and quit trying to milk the system and rip taxpayers off.

Paul
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He’s fine to express his opinion, and let’s not forget that those in attendance at the rally are free to express their opinions as well.

David Weaver
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Tell this man he works for US not the other way around. This woman hates America and has no place in our congress!

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