President Donald Trump was reportedly advised by those closest to him to pull back and distance himself from the rhetoric that surrounded and led to the “send her back” chants directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) at his North Carolina campaign rally, CBS News reported.
According to CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett, first lady Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, vice president Mike Pence & Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel spoke to the president after the inflammatory incident, cautioning him not to embrace it.
Garrett reported that they told Trump to “moderate his position or leave the impression he was unhappy.” On Thursday, Trump did just that, saying to reporters “I disagree with it, by the way, but it was quite a chant. I felt a little bit badly about it. I was not happy with it. I disagree with it.”
Other Republicans also condemned the chant.
“That does not need to be our campaign call, like we did the ‘lock her up’ last time,” said Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.). “We cannot be defined by this.”
“Those chants have no place in our party or our country,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said.
The “send her back” chant was an evolution of a comment the president made in a tweet directed at Omar and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how t is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!” Trump wrote as part of a series of tweets.