Trump campaign aide defends tweets: Congresswomen made 'very disturbing statements'

Former White House aide Mercedes Schlapp defended President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE’s repeated attacks on four minority congresswomen during a Sunday appearance on ABC's "This Week,", accusing them of anti-Semitism and pushing a “government-controlled agenda.”

Schlapp, who now works for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, defended Trump’s reaction to a chant of “send her back” that erupted during a campaign rally last week as he attacked Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarPhotos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Omar to accept award Saturday as American Muslim Public Servant of 2021 GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level MORE (D-Minn.)

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“What I’m unhappy about are the chants of the squad,” said Schlapp, the former White House director of strategic communications. The "Squad" is a nickname for the four progressive congresswomen with whom Trump has been feuding: Omar, and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level McCarthy laments distractions from far-right members MORE (D-N.Y), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyMcCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP House progressives urge Garland to intervene in ex-environmental lawyer Steven Donziger's case GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPelosi: Democrats can't allow 'indecent' Boebert comments to stand Omar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats September video shows Boebert made earlier comments suggesting Omar was a terrorist MORE (D-Mich.).

“You’re seeing the squad dictating the rules of the Democratic party … they’re pushing forwards very disturbing statements,” Schlapp told ABC's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosBaldwin says he doesn't feel guilty for 'Rust' shooting: Someone else 'is responsible' Baldwin details how gun misfired on 'Rust' set despite trigger never being pulled Baldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' MORE in the interview.

She specifically cited comments by Ocasio-Cortez describing border detention facilities as concentration camps and critiques of the Israel lobby by Omar that her critics have said invoked anti-Semitic stereotypes.

"They're fundamentally criticizing the United states, they’re attacking our law enforcement... that to us is very disconcerting," Schlapp said, demurring when Stephanopoulos pointed out that Trump himself has repeatedly criticized the United States.

Schlapp echoed Trump’s simultaneous defense of the attendees and condemnation of the "send her back" chant, saying Trump “made it very clear he disagreed with the chant and I will tell you, he stands with those people in North Carolina, across the country who support him. And why? Because they love America.”

Trump has repeatedly questioned the four representatives’ patriotism amid the fallout over the tweets, falsely accusing Ocasio-Cortez of calling Americans “garbage” and on Sunday morning tweeting that the four were not “capable of loving our Country.”