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

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney: 'Putin and Kim Jong Un deserve a censure rather than flattery' A US-UK free trade agreement can hold the Kremlin to account Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity MORE (R-Utah) said Thursday that the “send her back” chants during President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' 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 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.). 

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-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.) — 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.