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Trump distances himself from ‘send her back’ chants at rally

Trump distances himself from ‘send her back’ chants at rally

REUTERS
WASHINGTON
Facing a backlash, US President Donald Trump on Thursday distanced himself from supporters’ chants of “send her back” after he criticised Somali-born Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar at a rally in North Carolina.
“I felt a little bit badly about it,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about the chants at Wednesday night’s rally, which drew an outpouring of criticism from Democrats and some of Trump’s fellow Republicans.
Trump paused for 11 seconds when the chants erupted after he recounted comments by Omar, who was born in Somalia and emigrated to the United States, that he described as “vicious anti-Semitic screeds.” He told reporters at the White House he had started speaking very quickly after the chanting began, but he did not say he would ask his supporters to refrain from such behaviour.
“I would say that I was not happy with it. I disagreed with it. But again I didn’t say that. They did. And I disagreed with it,” Trump said.
Omar was one of four liberal lawmakers - all women of color - that Trump criticized as un-American, saying they were welcome to leave the country if they did not like his policies on issues such as immigration and defending Israel.
Meanwhile, Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar branded Donald Trump a “fascist” on Thursday as the president sought to distance himself from mocking chants of “Send her back!” directed at the Somali-born lawmaker by his supporters.
“We have said this president is racist, we have condemned his racist remarks,” said Omar, one of two Muslim women in Congress. “I believe he is a fascist.”

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