(Breitbart) – Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) told reporters Thursday that the “send her back” chants during President Donald Trump’s North Carolina rally were not only “offensive,” but bad for the country.
“I found the chanting and the chants to be offensive. Very unfortunate for my party but also for our country,” Romney told reporters on Thursday when asked about the chants referring to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
Trump’s Wednesday rally in Greenville, North Carolina, sparked many tensions after he criticized Omar’s history of antisemitic statements before the crowd yelled, “Send her back!”
Romney added that he thinks Trump “has a special responsibility to unite all Americans” in this political climate.
The freshman senator also shared concerns that the Republican Party would suffer long-term damage, saying that he wants the GOP to be a “big-tent, not a small-tent” political party.
The rally chants were the latest in a war-of-words between Trump and four freshmen Democrat House members— Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (MI), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).
Trump told reporters Thursday that he “disagreed” with the chant.
“It was quite a chant. I felt a little bit badly about it, but I will say this: I did start speaking very quickly. … I was not happy with it. I disagree with it, but, again, I didn’t say that; they did,” he said to reporters at the White House.
Flashback: Watch: Trump Rally Chants ‘Send Her Back’ After President Slams Ilhan Omar
Attendees of President Donald Trump’s rally in Greenville, North Carolina, chanted “send her back” after the president slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) repeated criticism of the United States on Wednesday evening.
“Omar has a history of launching vicious screeds,” the president said to chants of “send her back.”
Prior to the chants, President Trump listed off various critical statements that Omar previously said about the country, including her trivialization of the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“She smeared U.S. service members involved in Black Hawk Down. In other words, she slandered the brave Americans who were trying to keep peace in Solomila,” President Trump said.
“Omar minimized the September 11th attacks on our homeland, saying “some people did something,” the president recalled.
“I don’t think,” he determined.
President Trump then ripped into Omar for her lenient stance on attempted ISIS recruits and mocking the threat of Al-Qaeda.
“She pleaded for compassion for ISIS recruits attempting to join the terrorist organization,” the president said, before noting how the far-left lawmaker downplayed the significance of Al-Qaeda. “Omar laughed that Americans speak of Al-Qaeda in a menacing tone and remarked that, ‘You don’t say American with this intensity.’”
The president also criticized Omar’s fellow “Squad” members Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are campaigning at East Carolina University’s Williams Arena hours after the House voted 332-95 to table a resolution to bring articles of impeachment against the president. The failed measure was introduced by Rep. Al Green (D-TX).
Crowd at tonight's Trump rally in North Carolina breaks out into chants of "Send her back!" as the president attacks Rep. Ilhan Omar pic.twitter.com/0q5L39W61h
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