Officially, Trump Disavows Chants Of "Send Her Back"


Did he or didn’t he? As we told you yesterday, supporters of President Trump responded to his comments about Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar with chants of "Send her back!" at a rally in North Carolina Wednesday night. That night, he allowed the chanting to continue – but yesterday, he told ABC’s Jonathan Karl that he tried to stop it by “speaking very quickly.”

The issue with that statement? Video of the event shows he remained silent for 13-seconds. But when he was asked about the chants, he replied that he disagrees with the sentiment that was expressed by the crowd. "I was not happy with it. I disagree with it,” Trump offered. “But…I didn't say that. They did. But I disagree with it."

The chants erupted after he sharply criticized Omar. She is one of four minority Democrats that Trump attacked in a tweet Sunday, saying they should go back to their countries. The three other Congresswomen Trump attacked – New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Michigan’s Rep. Rashida Tlaib – were born in the United States. Omar was born in Somalia.

But what about the future? When Karl followed up asking the President if he’d stop such incidents going forward, he replied – quote, “ I will try. I would certainly try.”

Source: ABC News