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.
“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.