2020 Election Update: Trump ‘Not Happy’ With ‘Send Her Back’ Chants; Warren Targets Wall Street
Trump 'Not Happy' With 'Send Her Back' Chants
President Donald Trump said he’s displeased the audience at his Wednesday rally chanted “send her back” after he criticized a Somalia-born congresswoman from Minnesota.
“I was not happy with it,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday. “I disagreed with it.”
As Trump recited a list of grievances against Representative Ilhan Omar, an American citizen, to a rally crowd in Greenville, North Carolina, some in the audience began chanting. Trump paused during the chant. On Thursday, Trump said: “I started speaking very quickly.”
The invective capped almost a week of the president repeatedly employing attacks on the congresswoman and three of her minority female colleagues that lawmakers have criticized as racist.
Top House Republicans -- including those who voted against a resolution condemning Trump’s words earlier this week -- said they viewed the chanting as unacceptable. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters that the “chants have no place in our party or our country.”
GOP Ad Says Democratic ‘Squad’ Wants Anarchy
The Republican Party on Thursday released a video saying that Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley aim to bring about “anarchy” and suggesting that their condemnation of ICE immigrant detention centers was linked to the attempted bombing of a car near such a facility in Washington state.
The video shows the congresswomen calling for the elimination of ICE and comparing immigration detention centers to concentration camps. A clip of Pressley saying “You will see the light, and if you don’t we will bring the fire” is immediately followed by videos of a charred ICE car.
The video comes after a week of tweets by the president calling for the representatives, who are all American citizens, to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” At a Trump campaign rally Thursday in Greenville, North Carolina, supporters chanted “send her back,” as he attacked Omar as anti-American. He also disparaged Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez.
NRCC Chief Opposes ‘Send Her Back’ Chant
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer rebuked on Thursday the “send her back” chant at President Donald Trump’s rally that was directed at Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar.
“I don’t think that was acceptable,” the Minnesota Republican told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
He said there’s “no place” for that rhetoric, but still had criticism for Omar.
“My colleague from Minnesota — when Ilhan talks, Ilhan makes it — she lets people believe she hates America,” he said. “Now I don’t know if that’s true but … how about a little gratitude with that attitude?”
“My grandfather’s Democrat Party is dying. Right now it’s the socialist party of America.”
Warren and 'Squad' Introduce Wall Street Bill
Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation Thursday aimed at reining in private equity firms, joining forces with two congresswomen -- Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib -- targeted by President Donald Trump.
Pressley and Tlaib are members of a self-described “squad’ of four female lawmakers of color who Trump has told to go back to the “crime infested places from which they came.” The House this week passed a resolution condemning the comments as “racist.”
The Stop Wall Street Looting Act coincides with the rollout of a new campaign policy plan that aims to slap new rules on the financial sector. It would require private-equity firms responsible for debts and retirement pension obligations of companies they purchase, while making their profits contingent on the success of the entities they control.
“For far too long, Washington has looked the other way while private equity firms take over companies, load them with debt, strip them of their wealth, and walk away scot-free -- leaving workers, consumers, and whole communities to pick up the pieces,” Warren said in a statement.
‘Send Her Back’ Is Trump’s New ‘Lock Her Up’
President Donald Trump’s supporters may have just found the 2020 version of “Lock Her Up.”
Audience members at Trump’s rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night at one point chanted“Send her back!” as the president listed a number of remarks he said freshman Representative Ilhan Omar had made that he considered unpatriotic or anti-Semitic.
The moment echoed the familiar refrain at Trump’s 2016 rallies: “Lock her up,” a reference to his unsubstantiated claims that his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, illegally used a personal email server.
A day after the House rebuked Trump for his attacks on Omar and three other Democratic lawmakers of color, Trump laid out a bill of complaints about the four women at a political rally in the Tar Heel state, a presidential battleground he narrowly won three years ago.
The rebuke was over Trump’s tweet earlier this week suggesting all four lawmakers “go back” to the countries they came from. Critics on the left and right called the tweet racist and, regardless, it was inaccurate. Three of the women were born in the U.S., and all are American citizens.
In a sign that fallout from the spat could be starting to cause some hand-wringing among House Republicans, Representative Mark Walker of North Carolina tweeted that he “struggled” with the chant at Wednesday’s rally.
Omar’s “history, words & actions reveal her great disdain for both America & Israel,” Walker alleged. “That should be our focus and not phrasing that’s painful to our friends in the minority communities.”
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