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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 TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE’s Wednesday night rally, saying there was “no place for that kind of talk.”

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerA louder voice for women everywhere GOP sees path to House majority in 2022 House GOP votes to keep leaders in place MORE (R-Minn.) defended Trump against accusations of racism, insisting that there is “not a racist bone in this president’s body.”

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But he also condemned the thousands of attendees at Trump’s rally who chanted “send her back” in reference to Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations 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.”