Jews and Muslims decry 'send her back' chants at Trump rally

Trump was speaking at a campaign rally when he criticized Reps. Ilhan Omar [Minnesota], Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [New York], Ayanna Pressley [Massachusetts], and Rashida Tlaib [Michigan].

July 18, 2019 21:42
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U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump. (photo credit: REUTERS/BRENDAN MCDERMID)

Both Jews and Muslims responded on Thursday to the chants of "send her back" that erupted at a rally for US President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

"Recently, a single tweet from the president caused Congresswoman Omar to receive death threats," Muslim Advocates, a national civil rights organization, said on Thursday. "Today, the president of the United States continued to endanger her life, Rashida Tlaib's life and the lives of all American Muslims when he rattled off a list of racist, anti-Muslim smears about Omar to a crowd of thousands chanting ‘send her back.’

"The president’s open, calculated, anti-Muslim bigotry is something we expect to see much more of throughout the 2020 campaign." the orgination's statement continued. "All Americans, including all Democrats and Republicans, should unequivocally and immediately disavow this hatred.”

Leaders of Jewish groups also voiced their displeasure with the chants.

Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, distanced himself from the chants by Trump's supporters, saying the chants were "wrong, vile, and don't reflect who we are as Americans. I strongly oppose Ilhan Omar's views and policies but those chants have no place in our society."

Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, shared a video of the event, calling it the "sound of illberalism, intolerance."

He noted that the chanting was "a danger not just to immigrants and minorities, but to all Americans."

"Put politics aside," he said. "Time for leaders from all parts of society, people from all walks of life to step up and say: enough."

On Thursday night Trump also distanced himself from supporters' chants of "send her back" after he criticized Omar.

"I felt a little bit badly about it," Trump said to the media at the White House. "I would say that I was not happy with it. I disagreed with it."

“Let ’em leave,” Trump said at the rally, referring to Reps. Ilhan Omar [Minnesota], Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [New York], Ayanna Pressley [Massachusetts], and Rashida Tlaib [Michigan], a group of young Congresswomen known as "the Squad."

“They’re always telling us how to run it, how to do this, how to do that. You know what? If they don’t love it, tell ’em to leave it.”

This led to his supporters to chant "send her back" in reference to the Somali-born Ilhan Omar.

Trump had previously written on Twitter that if the group of congresswomen are not happy living in America they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday night condemning Trump for his "racist comments".

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