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

Fox News host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceComey, Schiff to be interviewed by Fox's Chris Wallace Chris Wallace: Allegations against Trump 'far broader than the Clinton impeachment' Fox's Chris Wallace: IG report headline is 'It didn't find the things that Bill Barr and Donald Trump alleged' MORE on Sunday pressed White House senior adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerSenate Democrats demand Trump fire Stephen Miller Marianne Williamson roasted for claim Trump pardoned Charles Manson Juan Williams: Stephen Miller must be fired MORE about the "send her back" chant targeting Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump 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. 


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-CortezThe Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Tucker Carlson as 'white supremacist sympathizer' Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — GOP, Democrats square off at final impeachment hearing MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleySanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump 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.