“The View” co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainCindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Meghan McCain to release audiobook on 'bold conservatism' for 21st century Meghan McCain presses Steyer on 2020 bid: 'You have not proven that you can inspire people' MORE called the atmosphere at President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE’s Wednesday campaign rally “dystopian” after the crowd chanted “send her back” about Democratic Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTrump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (Mich.). 

"It was really dystopian," McCain said. "I was trying to go out to dinner and ignore politics. My family's in town and came home and saw it on Twitter and then saw it on TV." 

McCain, who has widely criticized Omar’s stance on foreign policy with Israel, said the chants make political conversations about “race, xenophobia [and] racism” instead of policy critiques.


“I’ve been one of Ilhan Omar’s most vocal critics on her policy regarding Israel, regarding some of her comments that I and many others interpreted as anti-Semitic, but the problem right now is you’re taking away my agency to criticize her policy because you’re making this so much about race, xenophobia, racism,” McCain said.

I "didn’t think this was something I would see in my country, especially when we’re going into 2020,” McCain continued.

On Thursday, McCain blasted the right for the chants attacking Omar, and called for younger people involved in the GOP, like the president’s daughter and son-in-law Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpPresident tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Trump Jr. dismisses conflicts of interest, touts projects in Indonesia MORE and Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerPresident tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign MORE, to stand up against them for the good of the party’s future.

“It’s my generation that’s going to answer for this. Try selling conservatism to a younger generation when all they see is this kind of crap on TV,” McCain continued. “And the Trump administration, all of you — Ivanka, Jared, because you’re around my age range, where are you in this?”

Trump told reporters on Thursday that he disagreed with the "send her back" chants.

The controversy comes after Trump on Sunday attacked Omar and three other Democratic congresswomen of color on Twitter, saying the four U.S. citizens should "go back" to their home countries. Omar, who was born in Somalia and came to the U.S. as a refugee, is the only one of the group known as "the squad" who was born outside the U.S.