How will anti-Trumpers who blame him for frankly ALL divisiveness in this country respond to the fact that he did not support a chant about sending Rep Omar back to her country.
While at a rally in North Carolina last night President Donald Trump spoke about the anti-Semitic comments and anti-Israel policies that Rep. Ilhan Omar has supported, the large crowd began chanting “send her back.”
I was not happy when I heard that chant…
When asked about the chanting today at the White House, President Trump said “I was not happy with it. I disagree with it…I didn’t say that. They did. But I disagree with it.”
Not missing an opportunity to mention his huge crowd size he mentioned the “packed arena” full of “great energy.” He praised the support and energy of Republicans saying “I think we have far more support than they do and I think we have far more energy than they do. And we’re going to have a very interesting election. But I was not happy when I heard that chant.”
The event begs the question: is our country using its political ‘energy’ in a beneficial way? Representative Adam Kinzinger, a Republican, tweeted his response to the situation saying “I deeply disagree with the extreme left & have been disgusted by their tone. I woke up today equally disgusted – chants like ‘send her back’ are ugly, wrong, & would send chills down the spines of our Founding Fathers. This ugliness must end, or we risk our great union.”
I deeply disagree with the extreme left & have been disgusted by their tone. I woke up today equally disgusted – chants like “send her back” are ugly, wrong, & would send chills down the spines of our Founding Fathers. This ugliness must end, or we risk our great union.
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) July 18, 2019
Is Kinzinger correct that responding to ugliness with ugliness could be the demise of our great nation? The difficulty in assessing that question is that everyone has their own interpretation of “disgust,” “racism,” and “ugliness.”