GOP lawmaker decries 'send her back' chants: 'This ugliness must end'

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad MORE (R-Ill.) is denouncing the “ugliness” of chants of “send her back,” referring to Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib says she won't visit Israel after being treated like 'a criminal' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Israel approves Tlaib request to visit grandmother in West Bank MORE (D-Minn.), at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE's campaign rally Wednesday night.

Kinzinger, like many Republicans who have spoken out against the chant, included a denunciation of the “extreme left” in a tweet early Thursday.

“I deeply disagree with the extreme left & have been disgusted by their tone,” he tweeted. “I woke up today equally disgusted — chants like ‘send her back’ are ugly, wrong, & would send chills down the spines of our Founding Fathers.”

 

 

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“This ugliness must end, or we risk our great union,” added Kinzinger, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee with Omar.

Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerOn The Money: House passes sweeping budget, debt limit deal | Dem court filing defends powers to get Trump's NY tax returns | Debt collectors to pay M to settle consumer bureau charges House passes sweeping budget, debt limit deal Romney to vote against budget deal: Agreement 'perpetuates fiscal recklessness' MORE (R-N.C.) tweeted a similar sentiment, condemning the chant as “painful to our friends in the minority communities” but saying Omar’s “history, words & actions reveal her great disdain for both America & Israel.”

The chant erupted Wednesday night as Trump blasted Omar, a U.S. citizen who came to the country as a refugee from Somalia, from the podium. It followed four days of controversy over a series of Sunday tweets in which Trump suggested Omar and three other progressive minority congresswomen, all of whom were born in the U.S., to “go back” to other countries.