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Trump complains of 'crazed' media coverage over 'send her back' chants

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE on Friday bemoaned the amount of media coverage devoted to supporters at his Wednesday night rally chanting "send her back" about Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHouse approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade Omar introduces bill to sanction Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi killing MORE (D-Minn.) as he dug in on his attacks against the first-term congresswomen and three of her colleagues.

Trump fired off a trio of tweets in which he shifted blame for the uproar over the chants onto the media one day after he sought to distance himself from the refrain. He again accused Omar of hating the country and blasted "vile and disgusting statements" made by progressive lawmakers he has attacked for six consecutive days.

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"It is amazing how the Fake News Media became 'crazed' over the chant 'send her back' by a packed Arena (a record) crowd in the Great State of North Carolina, but is totally calm & accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen," Trump tweeted.

"Mainstream Media, which has lost all credibility, has either officially or unofficially become a part of the Radical Left Democrat Party," he added. "It is a sick partnership, so pathetic to watch!"

The president derided a "tiny staged crowd" that greeted Omar upon her arrival back in Minnesota on Thursday with chants of "welcome home," and he claimed he would win the state in 2020 after he lost there by roughly 1 percentage point in 2016. 

The tweets, which came one day after Trump asserted he disagreed with the "send her back" chants, underscored the president's willingness to egg on the criticism of Omar and her fellow Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressives push White House to overturn wage ruling Six ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPressley says image of Black custodial staff cleaning up Capitol after Jan. 6 riot 'haunts' her DeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes DeJoy set for grilling by House Oversight panel MORE (Mass.) even as members of his own party have become uneasy over the level of rhetoric.

Trump set off a firestorm on Sunday when he tweeted that the four lawmakers, known collectively as "the squad," should "go back" to their home countries, even though they are all U.S. citizens.

Only Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the country.

Trump tore into each of the congresswomen during his North Carolina rally and has repeatedly accused them of hating the country in recent days. As he criticized Omar, supporters in Greenville began chanting "send her back!"

The president told reporters on Thursday that "was not happy" with the chant and that he "disagreed with it."

Trump claimed he "started speaking very quickly" to cut off the chants. In fact, he stepped away from the podium as the crowd grew louder and did not speak again for nearly 15 seconds.

Numerous Republican lawmakers denounced the chants, but some shifted blame away from the president and onto the crowd.

Democratic lawmakers expressed concern for the safety of the four congresswomen and have called for increased security for the lawmakers.

Omar on Thursday addressed Trump's comments and the chants during an impromptu press conference in the middle of traffic in Washington, D.C.

“I want to remind people that this is what this president and his supporters have turned our country [into] that is supposed to be a country where we allow democratic debate and dissent to take place,” Omar said. “This is not about me; this is about us fighting for what this country truly should be and what it deserves to be.”