Japanese American actor George Takei blasted President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE on Friday, comparing recent political rhetoric to what he heard while interned during World War II. 

“It is an eerie and chilling echo in current politics,” Takei told Sky News. “During the last presidential campaign, we heard the chant ‘lock her up,’ meaning Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Polls flash warning signs for Trump Polls suggest Sanders may be underestimated 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall MORE. Now we’re hearing the chant ‘send her back.’ ... During our time, it was ‘lock up the Japs.’” 

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The rebuke was a clear reference to the chant that erupted during a Trump rally in North Carolina this week. Attendees repeated “send her back” in the middle of a diatribe against Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMaher hits back at Tlaib: Does she 'want to boycott 93 percent of her own party?' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' Trump ramps up attacks on Tlaib MORE (D-Minn.), a naturalized U.S. citizen who came to the country as a refugee from Somalia.

Trump initially disavowed the chant Thursday, saying he “was not happy with it,” but he later said the chanters “love our country.”

He added that he tried to squelch the chant by speaking quickly to quiet the crowd, but he waited 14 seconds for the rally to quiet. 

The chant and Trump’s reaction compounded an escalating scandal that erupted last weekend when he said that Omar and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezPoll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna Pressley'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' Trump ramps up attacks on Tlaib Trump slams Tlaib after press conference on Israel ban: I don't buy her tears MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMaher hits back at Tlaib: Does she 'want to boycott 93 percent of her own party?' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' Trump ramps up attacks on Tlaib MORE (D-Mich.), four progressive House freshmen known as “the squad,” should go back to “the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” 

Three of the four lawmakers were born in the U.S., and all are citizens. The House formally condemned as racist the remarks in a 240-187 vote Tuesday. 

Takei, a frequent critic of the Trump administration, also slammed the White House over its hard-line immigration policies, particularly for a spike in family separations at the border last year.

“What’s happening today, though, is a new low because we as children were never torn away from our parents. What’s happening on the southern border is this incredible thing, this cruel thing of tearing children, sometimes infants, away from their parents and putting them in cages,” he said.