Facing backlash after a series of racist tweets on Sunday, President Donald Trump went on to a MAGA rally in Greenville, North Carolina that drew even further criticism after his crowd chanted "Send Her Back" and Trump just basked in it, doing nothing to quiet the mob.
Faced with the backlash, the President initially condemned the chants of "send her back" targeting Minnesota Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar. But as he has before, Trump later backtracked on saying the right thing during an off the cuff press gaggle in the Oval Office.
JUST IN: "I was not happy with it. I disagree with it," Pres. Trump says of “send her back” chant from crowd at his… https://t.co/HzocdgA56N— NBC News (@NBC News)1563470465.0
By Friday, when the press asked about the chants, the President changed his tune. In a move reminiscent of his reaction to White supremacist violence in Charlottesville that left one woman dead and others injured, Trump defended the "very fine people" in his rally crowd.
Those chanting racist sentiments at his North Carolina MAGA rally? Just really love America.
Trump told the press:
"Those people in North Carolina...those are incredible people, incredible patriots."
A day after Pres Trump disavowed "send her back chants" heard in N.C, he is now saying the people who chanted are g… https://t.co/nGLMcO1QTC— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1563555563.0
He also clarified what he's REALLY "unhappy" about, in the process, smearing the congresswomen with false claims yet again.
President Trump: "You know what I'm unhappy with? I'm unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can hate our count… https://t.co/T3sniF4psV— CSPAN (@CSPAN)1563559926.0
"No, you know what I'm unhappy with -- the fact that a congresswoman can hate our country. I'm unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can say anti-Semitic things."
Full transcript of President Trump backtracking on "send her back chants." "I'm unhappy with the fact that a congr… https://t.co/nH40Zzazw3— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1563556144.0
Trump is now backtracking on his backtrack. https://t.co/INliR9w5Lq— Ahmed Baba (@Ahmed Baba)1563556392.0
Here is the transcript of Trump's comments.
Sense a pattern?
Not a whole lot has been learned on this front since 2016. Potus has history of backtracking over massive controver… https://t.co/7xUh2w3qIu— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman)1563557377.0
@Yamiche And I would easily wager at the next rally that they chant again and Trump does nothing to stop them, corr… https://t.co/BMNQqVd9uf— AW Stiles (@AW Stiles)1563555644.0
@mwk2244 @plaidtattoo @Yamiche Yes, this is what I predict...."I know you are the great americans who love this cou… https://t.co/Dy4VXjuxVR— CJ (@CJ)1563559396.0
People noted Trump's claims of many, many statements by the Congresswomen he targeted, but he failed to produce any of those statements for the press.
The President has made similar boasts throughout his life—to give credence to his claims—but never produces his documentation.
@NBCNews FACT CHECK: President Trump says he has pages and pages of statements from the Congresswomen that show hat… https://t.co/6f6kr0GWUa— Stephen Elpop (@Stephen Elpop)1563536105.0
@AhmedBaba_ Guaranteed that if you asked Trump what was said that was anti-Semitic he couldn’t answer. At most he m… https://t.co/dB7GraW9zA— Gregory Karawan (@Gregory Karawan)1563563719.0
People referenced the President's similar reaction to the violence in Charlottesville.
@NBCNews Are the people at your rally the same as the good people on both sides at Charlottesville?— Dj's crew (@Dj's crew)1563492210.0
@Yamiche @NewsHour Those so-called patriots also approved of running over with vehicles people who disagree with th… https://t.co/AtzH0sOTqL— Joseph Mark Brewer (@Joseph Mark Brewer)1563556373.0
@Yamiche we all knew he was going to. we will see it as a staple of his rallies from here on out.— kapalm (@kapalm)1563555720.0
@Yamiche Very fine people on all sides of this one, I suppose?— Curtis Perfect (@Curtis Perfect)1563556407.0
@realDonaldTrump You keep dragging this out, trying to backtrack on this AFTER the fact. Millions of people AROUND… https://t.co/oaPUrTEk9E— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1563505470.0
The 2020 election is 472 days away. Between now and then there will be many more rallies by President Trump.
Whether or not he will encourage or discourage racism and xenophobia during his MAGA rallies remains to be seen.