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 campaign rally last night.
He asserts he tried to stop the chant by “very quickly” speaking again as the chant broke out, despite a long pause during the chant. pic.twitter.com/NpN5QlB6Nn
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 18, 2019
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 great Americans.
“Those people in North Carolina…those are incredible people, incredible patriots,” Trump said.
He’s backtracking as he did after Charlottesville.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) July 19, 2019
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 country." Also, "She's lucky to be where she is." pic.twitter.com/3NDKBZIRxv
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 19, 2019
“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 congresswoman can say anti-Semitic things,” he said. pic.twitter.com/kBNg3z4obl
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) July 19, 2019
Trump is now backtracking on his backtrack. https://t.co/INliR9w5Lq
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) July 19, 2019
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 controversy he creates, then sees coverage about retreating and gets mad and reinforces original controversy. https://t.co/ZZ5w3vZsWz
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 19, 2019
And I would easily wager at the next rally that they chant again and Trump does nothing to stop them, correct them, or lead in any way. He is only ever concerned about the current news cycle and just keeps getting away with it.
— AW Stiles (@plaidtattoo) July 19, 2019
Yes, this is what I predict….”I know you are the great americans who love this country more than the democrats and socialists…..you know….the crooked media doesn’t want us to be too tough on the non whites…….so let’s tone it down. “
— CJ (@CJFinaducci) July 19, 2019
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.
FACT CHECK: President Trump says he has pages and pages of statements from the Congresswomen that show hatred for the country. PROVE IT. Where are the pages and pages Mr President ?@realDonaldTrump
— Stephen Pople (@PopleGolf) July 19, 2019
Guaranteed that if you asked Trump what was said that was anti-Semitic he couldn’t answer. At most he might reference statements critical is Israel/Israel Policy — which is NOT the same as anti-semitism.
— Gregory Karawan (@BklynInVa) July 19, 2019
People referenced the President’s similar reaction to the violence in Charlottesville.
Are the people at your rally the same as the good people on both sides at Charlottesville?
— Dj’s crew (@CrewDana) July 18, 2019
Those so-called patriots also approved of running over with vehicles people who disagree with them. So, no. They are not incredible.
— Joseph Mark Brewer (@JoeBrewer1) July 19, 2019
He just continues to reveal who he is. pic.twitter.com/ktZWhYx8Fy
— Jefferson◼️[redacted] (@mrtommyjeff) July 19, 2019
we all knew he was going to. we will see it as a staple of his rallies from here on out.
— kapalm (@kapalm728) July 19, 2019
Very fine people on all sides of this one, I suppose?
— Curtis Perfect (@CurtisPerfect) July 19, 2019
You keep dragging this out, trying to backtrack on this AFTER the fact.
Millions of people AROUND THE WORLD watched you happily bask in the hateful chants of your followers.
Nobody cares about your bullshit. We’re waiting for the Jeffrey Epstein tapes to air. #RapistTrump
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 19, 2019
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.