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.
A chant like “Send her back!” is ugly and dangerous, and it is the inevitable consequence of President Trump’s demagoguery. This is how history’s worst episodes begin. We must not allow this man to take us to such a place.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) July 18, 2019
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.
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.”