Report: Mitchell asks for Trump meeting over ‘Send her back’ chant

    Paul Mitchell (left) and Donald Trump (right)

    At least two non-Democratic members of Michigan’s congressional delegation have publicly pushed back on a xenophobic chant that took place during President Donald Trump’s rally on Wednesday night in Greenville, N.C. 

    Frequent Trump critic U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) described in a tweet the chant of “Send her back” against his colleague, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), as “ugly and dangerous.” Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden), publicly aired his frustration in an interview on Thursday with Politico, reportedly asking for a personal meeting with Trump. 

    Trump has been under fire since the weekend when he tweeted racist comments targeting four progressive members of Congress — Omar and fellow U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). 

    Then at Wednesday’s rally, the crowd erupted into the “Send her back” chant, referring to Omar, a Somali refugee who immigrated to the United States with her family at age 10. 

    Tlaib strikes back at Trump for telling progressive congresswomen to ‘go back’ to where they were born

    Trump attempted to disavow the chant on Thursday morning. Still, Mitchell, who earlier this week expressed his “frustration” with the president’s tweet, said he believes the chant falls out of line with American values. 

    “I want to talk to the president about the tweet, and what has emanated from that,” Mitchell told Politico on Thursday. “It’s one thing to do chants of ‘lock her up.’ But a chant like [‘Send her back’] is simply not reflective of our constitution.”

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.

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