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Liz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHouse Republicans slated to hold leadership election on Nov. 17 McCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Steve King defends past comments on white supremacy, blasts NYT and GOP leaders in fiery floor speech MORE (R-Wyo.) on Sunday said the "send her back" chant directed at Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez: Republicans don't believe Democrats 'have the stones to play hardball' Progressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates MORE (D-Minn.) that broke out at a President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE rally last week was "inappropriate" but not about race or gender.

“You’ve heard him say the chant was inappropriate. We’ve all said the chant was inappropriate, but I think the news media really wants to make this about race. ... This isn’t about race. It’s not about gender. It’s not about religion," Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"These members of the House of Representatives — it’s not just these four — fundamentally believe in policies that are dangerous for this nation, and as Republicans we’re going to fight against those," she added.

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Cheney's remarks come a week after Trump sparked backlash by telling the four first-year lawmakers — Omar and fellow Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez'Drink water and don't be racist': Ocasio-Cortez gives Republicans upset over Vanity Fair outfit 'pointers' on how to look better OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump strips protections for Tongass forest, opening it to logging | Interior 'propaganda' video and tweets may violate ethics laws, experts say | Democrats see Green New Deal yielding gains despite GOP attacks Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyGirl Scouts spark backlash from left after congratulating Justice Amy Coney Barrett Progressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates MORE (D-Mass.) — to "go back" to the where they came from before criticizing U.S. policies. All four are U.S. citizens.

During a campaign rally in North Carolina, chants of "send her back" broke out after the president criticized Omar.

Omar became a U.S. citizen in 2000 after fleeing a civil war in Somalia. She is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, along with Tlaib.

Cheney on Sunday called the chants "absolutely wrong."

Trump has said that he did not "lead people on" and was not "particularly happy" with the chant but praised the crowd as "very big and patriotic."

The House on Tuesday voted to condemn Trump's tweets as racist. Four GOP lawmakers, as well as Independent Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), joined every Democrat in approving the resolution. 

While most other Republicans denounced the tweets, they denied they were racist and heaped on criticism of the congresswomen's policy positions. All four of the progressive lawmakers targeted by Trump are women of color.