Pence says Trump 'might' speak out if rally crowd chants 'send her back' again

Vice President Pence said in a new interview that President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE "might" speak out if a rally crowd breaks into a "send her back" chant targeting Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTexas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Undocumented aliens should stay away as COVID-19 rages in the US The Southern Poverty Law Center and yesterday's wars MORE (D-Minn.) again. 

Pence made the comments just days after a crowd in North Carolina repeatedly chanted the phrase while Trump attacked Omar, a Somali refugee who arrived in the U.S. with her family as a child. 


"The president wasn’t pleased about it, and neither was I," Pence said in an interview with CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett. "And the president’s been very clear about that. But what we’re also not pleased about is the fact that there are four members of Congress who are engaging in the most outrageous statements." 

Garrett interjected, noting the close relationship Trump has with his supporters and how he could could impact their actions in the future. 

"This could all go away with one simple word or a phrase or something. You have a chance to say it right now. Don’t do it again. Is that your message?" Garrett asked, prompting Pence to respond that "the president was very clear that he wasn’t happy about it and that if it happened again he might, he might, he'd make an effort to speak out about it," adding that Trump has already said he would speak out.

Pence went on to argue that "that millions of Americans share the president’s frustration about sitting members of Congress engaging in that kind of reckless rhetoric, whether it be anti-Semitic rhetoric, whether it be referring to border patrol agents as running concentration camps, and the president thought it was important to stand up to them."

Trump last week sparked an uproar by telling four freshman representatives — Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus 20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Pressley experiencing flu-like symptoms, being tested for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill MORE (Mass.) — to "go back" the "crime infested places" they came from. 

The House on Tuesday voted to condemn the remarks as racist. Four GOP lawmakers, as well as Independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashCOVID-19, Bill Barr and the American authoritarian tradition Pelosi scrambles to secure quick passage of coronavirus aid Amash calls stimulus package 'a raw deal' for 'those who need the most help' MORE (Mich.), joined every Democrat in approving the resolution. 

Just a day later, a crowd in North Carolina broke out in a "send her back" chant as Trump targeted Omar. Trump said he disagreed with the chant. 

Asked why he didn't try to stop the chant, the president said that he "started speaking very quickly" to silence it. Video shows he paused for about 13 seconds after the chants began.

Trump has, meanwhile, adamantly stood by his remarks about the congresswomen, claiming on Sunday that they are not "capable" of loving the United States.