Trump Just Backtracked on His Disavowal of ‘Send Her Back’ Chant, ‘Those Were Patriots’
Donald Trump appeared to backtrack on his disavowal of the North Carolina rally chant “send her back” Friday when he told reporters he was unhappy with congresswomen and people calling the country garbage.
Trump was meeting with astronauts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 in the Oval Office, alongside wife Melania Trump.
“I’m unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can say anti-Semitic things. I’m unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman in this case, a different congresswoman, can call our country and our people garbage,” Trump said.
“But I’m unhappy when a congresswoman goes and says, I’m going to be the president’s nightmare. She’s going to be the president’s nightmare. She’s lucky to be where she is, let me tell you,” the president said. “And the things that she has said are a disgrace to our country.”
He went on to praise the crowds in North Carolina who started the “send her back” chant. “Those are incredible people. Those are incredible patriots,” he said, adding that it was a “record crowd” and he could’ve filled the arena ten times over.
Wow. Trump is now back to making a full-throated defense of his fans who engaged in racist chants at his rally.
"Those people in North Carolina — that stadium was packed. It was a record crowd … Those are incredible people. Those are incredible patriots." pic.twitter.com/mHrRMl6PiW
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 19, 2019