Japanese American actor George Takei blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed 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 ClintonMore than 200,000 Wisconsin voters will be removed from the rolls Trump is threatening to boycott the debates — here's how to make sure he shows up Trey Gowdy returns to Fox News as contributor 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 OmarIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire 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-CortezDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez to hold campaign rallies in Los Angeles, Las Vegas Overwhelming majority say social media companies have too much influence: poll MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll 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.