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

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyWar of words at the White House GOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' Club for Growth to run ads in Utah attacking Romney as 'Democrat secret asset' MORE (R-Utah) said Thursday that the “send her back” chants during President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff 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 OmarKrystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey endorses Biden Democratic strategist on Sanders debate performance: 'I just think he might've topped out' 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez, Thunberg, Rapinoe make BBC's 100 most inspiring women of 2019 Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey endorses Biden Democratic strategist on Sanders debate performance: 'I just think he might've topped out' MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibKrystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' Omar endorses Sanders presidential bid Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOmar endorses Sanders presidential bid Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president Pennsylvania candidate would be first autistic woman elected to a state legislature 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.