As outcry mounts against the racist chants of his supporters at a Wednesday night rally in North Carolina, President Donald Trump attempted to distance himself from the moment that horrified Americans across the country.
While taking questions from reporters in the Oval Office, Trump claimed that he tried to stop his supporters’ cries of “send her back,” referring to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), by “speaking very quickly.”
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
But upon closer inspection of the tape, Trump waits nearly 15 seconds as the chant builds before beginning to speak.
Trump’s lies on “send her back” rally chant are laughably absurd. Here’s the whole clip (thx @atrupar). Trump read a list of scripted disinformation attacking Omar, pausing for crowd reaction. **He WAITED for the chant to die down before starting back up** pic.twitter.com/Vtz75GZwgE
— Paula Chertok🗽 (@PaulaChertok) July 18, 2019
In addition to allowing the chants of his supporters to carry on, Trump arguably incited it with racist tweets in the days before, calling for four Democratic congresswomen of color—including Congresswoman Omar—to “go back” to their countries. Omar escaped violence in Somalia as a child before making a home in the United States as a fully naturalized American citizen.
He *basked* in the glory of the white supremacy he unleashed. For 14 full seconds. https://t.co/XXEQpdkL8f
— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) July 18, 2019
Trump thought Republicans would fully approve of the chant but woke up to condemnation from all sides. Now he's trying to revise history, hoping that people will believe his lie over a video showing that he stood in silence & allowed the chant to continue.
— Denise Shearin (@DeniseShearin) July 18, 2019
Another lie. He encouraged it🤬
— Smiley Virus 🆘 (@Spoylddog) July 18, 2019
He didn't stop them. They chanted what he had tweeted!!!
— Jeff Hoyle (@Hoopgreen) July 18, 2019
BS..He reveled in it. Saw it with my own eyes.
— JWard (@JLWard55972465) July 18, 2019
Trump has many more rallies to hold before the fateful night in 2020 when we’ll know who the next president is. It remains to be seen whether he’ll stop the next round of racist chants trumpeting from stands full of his supporters.