WASHINGTON – President Trump’s attacks against Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar at a raucous rally Wednesday that prompted “send her back” chants from his supporters were not acceptable, according to a top Republican official.
“There’s no place for that kind of talk,” said Rep. Tom Emmer, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “I don’t agree with it.”
He said he doesn’t want chants like that against his fellow Minnesotan member of Congress.
Trump declined to silence the crowd at his North Carolina campaign rally and paused a moment to allow them to build.
“I don’t think that’s acceptable,” Emmer told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Thursday.
Emmer also disagreed with Trump’s tweets – which the House condemned earlier this week as racist – but stopped short of calling them racially charged.
Trump told the four minority Democrats to “go back” to where they came from.
Reps. Alexandria Ocaiso-Cotez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Omar are all American citizens, though Omar was born in Somalia.
“There’s not a racist bone in this president’s body,” Emmer said. “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. Has nothing to do with your race, gender, your family history, but has to do with respecting and loving the country that has given you the opportunities that you have.”
Emmer, whose job is to win back the House for the GOP in 2020, made clear that Republicans will be running against socialism and they will elevate the four progressives known as the squad to make their case against the entire party.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is no longer the leader of the Democrats – the lefty freshmen are, he claimed.