Romney: 'Send her back' chants 'offensive,' 'unfortunate' for GOP

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP senator says Trump commuting Stone was a 'mistake' Roger Stone joins list of political figures, allies granted clemency by Trump Romney blasts Trump's Stone commutation: 'Historic corruption' MORE (R-Utah) said Thursday that the “send her back” chants during President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE’s North Carolina rally were “offensive” and bad for the Republican Party. 

“I found the chanting and the chants to be offensive. Very unfortunate for my party but also for our country,” Romney told reporters when asked about chants about Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid MORE (D-Minn.). 

Trump’s rally sparked a political firestorm when he railed against four Democratic women of color. Trump was in the middle of a diatribe against Omar when the crowd broke into chants of “send her back.”

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Romney, asked if Trump should publicly push back against the rhetoric, said the president “has a special responsibility to unite all Americans.”

The senator also signaled that he was concerned about the potential for long-term damage to the GOP and said that he wants Republicans to be a “big-tent, not a small-tent,” party. 

The rally chants were the latest escalation of attacks by Trump and his supporters against the four Democratic House members — Reps. Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGoya CEO dismisses critics for praise of Trump: 'I'm not apologizing' Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats see victory in Trump culture war The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressives zero in on another House chairman in primary Ocasio-Cortez pitches interns to work for her instead of McConnell MORE (Mass.) — known as "the squad.”

Several House Republicans have rebuked the Wednesday night chants.

Trump said Thursday that he disagrees with the “send her back” chant.

“I was not happy with it. I disagree with it,” Trump told reporters at the White House.