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

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) is denouncing the "ugliness" of chants of "send her back," referring to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), at President Trump'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."

 

 

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

Rep. Mark Walker (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.

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