GOP House campaign chair condemns 'send her back' chants

The chairman of the House Republican campaign arm denounced the "send her back" chants at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE’s Wednesday night rally, saying there was “no place for that kind of talk.”

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerGeorge Papadopoulos launches campaign to run for Katie Hill's congressional seat Shimkus says he's been asked to reconsider retirement Walden retirement adds to GOP election woes MORE (R-Minn.) defended Trump against accusations of racism, insisting that there is “not a racist bone in this president’s body.”


But he also condemned the thousands of attendees at Trump’s rally who chanted “send her back” in reference to Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Omar renews claim Stephen Miller is a 'white nationalist' amid calls for him to step down MORE (D-Minn.), who was born in Somalia and is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress. 

“There’s no place for that kind of talk,” Emmer told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor on Thursday morning. “I don’t agree with that.”

Omar has been a United States citizen for nearly 20 years after leaving Somalia as a refugee. The president earlier this week said she and three other U.S.-born colleagues should "go back" to their countries, touching off a storm of criticism, a resolution in the House condemning him for racism and a vote on articles of impeachment.

“What he was trying to say, he said wrong,” Emmer said of Trump’s remarks. “What he was trying to say is if you don’t appreciate this country, you don’t have to be here. That goes for every one of us. It has nothing to do with your race, your gender, your family history.”

Emmer said Thursday he believes having Trump on the ballot next year will help Republicans down ballot, because it gives their base more incentive to turn out on Election Day. He also predicted an “overwhelming Trump victory.”