Chris Wallace presses Stephen Miller on 'send her back' chant at Trump rally

Fox News host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBret Baier calls out Trump for lashing out at Fox News polls: 'Fox has not changed' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' MORE on Sunday pressed White House senior adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign New green card restrictions likely would've excluded Trump and Cuccinelli's ancestors MORE about the "send her back" chant targeting Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarJewish Democrats decry Trump's 'loyalty' remarks Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas Pelosi speaks with Israeli president after Trump controversy MORE (D-Minn.) at a Trump campaign rally in North Carolina. 

The exchange came during an interview in which Wallace repeatedly pressed Miller about Trump's recent comments and his history of controversial statements. 

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Wallace brought up the "send her back" episode as the two engaged in a back-and-forth about Trump's recent attacks against a group of minority congresswomen on "Fox News Sunday."

Miller said he rejected the notion that "if you criticize someone and they happen to be a different color skin that that makes it a racial criticism."

"If you want to have a colorblind society, it means you can criticize immigration policy, you can criticize people's views, you can ask questions about where they're born and not have it be seen as racial," Miller said, prompting Wallace to ask, "Can you also say, 'Go back where you came from'?"

Miller responded by noting that Trump had already disavowed the "send her back" chant that occurred as the president targeted Omar, a Somali refugee, at a rally. 

Wallace interrupted, stating that Trump was only "clear after the fact."

"Excuse me, he let it go on for 13 seconds, and it was only when the chant diminished that he started talking again," Wallace replied. "He said nothing there or in his tweet after the rally that indicated any concern about the chant."

Miller reiterated that the president "disagreed with" the chant.

"But the core issue is that all the people in that audience and millions of patriotic Americans all across this country are tired of being beat up, condescended to, looked down upon, talked down to by members of Congress on the left in Washington, D.C., and their allies in many quarters of the media," he added. 

The interview came one week after Trump told four freshman Democratic representatives — Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezStudents retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIsrael should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support Jewish Democrats decry Trump's 'loyalty' remarks Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPoll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (Mass.) — to "go back" to the "crime infested places" they came from before speaking out about the U.S. government. 

The House voted days later to condemn the remarks as "racist." 

Trump has stood by his comments, saying that the congresswomen should leave the U.S. if they are unhappy. He said last week that he was "not happy" with the "send her back" chant at a North Carolina rally.