Jake Tapper on Trump's rhetoric: 'No more dog whistles, just naked racism'

CNN anchor Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperOmar calls out Boebert over anti-Muslim remarks, denies Capitol incident took place Republican Rep. Upton unsure if he'll run again Bass calls 'Black pastors' comment during Arbery trial 'despicable' MORE said the "send her back" chants at President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE's Wednesday rally is indicative of his 2020 reelection strategy — rooted in blatant racism. 

"This is all part and parcel of the president's 2020 reelection strategy, no more dog whistles, just naked racism," Tapper said Thursday. "Telling American citizens who are a different color to 'go back where they came from.' It’s a campaign tactic we need to be aware of as a tactic, not withstanding the obvious immorality of bigotry." 

The crowd at Trump's North Carolina rally on Wednesday night broke into chants of "send her back" after the president renewed an attack on Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Boebert apologizes to Muslims as Democrats call for 'real action to confront racism' Omar calls out Boebert over anti-Muslim remarks, denies Capitol incident took place MORE (D-Minn.), who was born in Somalia.

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"[Omar] has made controversial comments herself, though the president's lies about what she has said and demonizing of her prompted results last night that was so shocking even some of the meekest and least critical Republicans in the House of Representatives voiced their discomfort, if not horror and revulsion," Tapper said. 

Some House Republicans joined Democrats in speaking out agains the rally chant, just days after only four members of the GOP voted with Democrats to condemn the president's initial tweet telling four Democratic congresswomen — all people of color — to "go back" to the "crime infested placed from which they came."

It was targeted at Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Greene: McCarthy 'doesn't have the full support to be Speaker' Omar calls out Boebert over anti-Muslim remarks, denies Capitol incident took place MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Tlaib 'fearful' as social spending plan heads to Senate For Democrats it should be about votes, not megaphones MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Will media portrayals of Rittenhouse lead to another day in court? Evidence for a GOP takeover mounts — Democrats must act fast MORE (Mass.) and Omar. Only Omar was born outside the U.S. 

Trump tried to disavow the chant Thursday, telling reporters, “I was not happy with it. I disagree with it.”

He claimed to have helped stop the chants by starting to speak "very quickly." 

"That’s a naked lie," Tapper said. "When the chants started the president stopped talking he let the crowd go and he did not resume until the chant died out on its own."

CNN's timer clocked Trump's pause at 13 seconds as he let the crowd chant "send her back." 

A Trump campaign spokesperson called Tapper's comments "ridiculous."

"That’s ridiculous, but you know that CNN is gonna CNN," the Trump campaign spokesperson said.

-- Updated at 5:56 p.m.