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

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyDick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Steve King says 'left-wing media' and GOP leadership owe him apology after rape, incest comments GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' MORE (R-Wyo.) on Sunday said the "send her back" chant directed at Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bullsh-t purity test' The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown Tlaib's grandmother to Trump: 'May God ruin' you MORE (D-Minn.) that broke out at a President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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-CortezRepublicans plot comeback in New Jersey Joseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts The latest victims of the far-left's environmental zealotry: Long Islanders MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bullsh-t purity test' The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown Tlaib's grandmother to Trump: 'May God ruin' you MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Ocasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' 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.