President Donald Trump is attempting to clear his name from the chants that broke out during Wednesday’s rally, as he’s expressing that he wasn’t “happy” about them.
The crowd at the president’s rally in North Carolina on Wednesday began chanting when the Trump took aim at a freshman Democratic representative — only escalating the controversy between Trump and four minority Democratic Congresswoman.
The chant, “Send her back!” comes after the president kick-started the week by blasting progressive Democratic Congresswomen in a tweet on Sunday, telling them to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” The tweet alluded to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).
During Thursday’s rally, Trump once again blasted Omar — a Congress member who was a refugee from Somalia but is now a U.S. citizen — claiming she “has a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds.”
“Send her back!” the crowd is heard in the background, as Trump pauses and then continues with his speech.
Check out the video below:
Pres. Trump continued his now days-long attack on four Democratic congresswomen at his rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night, eliciting chants of "send her back" from the crowd. https://t.co/6L2eiU7JXt pic.twitter.com/OWqwc5ZJQh
— ABC News (@ABC) July 18, 2019
As IJR Blue reported, Omar took note of the chants, responding on Twitter, “I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal!”
The president, however, denied responsibility for the chants at the rally.
“I was not happy with it,” Trump told White House reporters on Thursday, according to a pool report. “I disagree with it.”
Asked if he attempted to stop the chanting, he said, “I think I did — I started speaking very quickly.”
During Thursday’s press conference, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also defended the president amid the rally chanting controversy.
“The president didn’t join in in any chant like that,” McCarthy said.
“And if you’re going to claim the president having a battle over [the] socialist issue and the socialist Democrats, that’s one that he has taken up even at the State of the Union. He promised that this country will never have socialism here and that’s why he’s fighting so hard.”
See McCarthy’s comments below:
Asked again about the chanting, the Republican lawmaker said, “The president moved on with his speech.” He added, “Has it become so far that you want to dislike the president so much you’re going to accuse him of something he did not do?”