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

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHillicon Valley: UK allows Huawei to build 5G in blow to Trump | Lawmakers warn decision threatens intel sharing | Work on privacy bill inches forward | Facebook restricts travel to China amid virus Lawmakers warn US, UK intel sharing at risk after Huawei decision Mother of child in viral meme sends Steve King cease-and-desist for using image in fundraising MORE (R-Wyo.) on Sunday said the "send her back" chant directed at Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive MORE (D-Minn.) that broke out at a President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet 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-CortezBiden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa New economic confidence polls show why Bernie won't win the White House Ocasio-Cortez rips 'public charge' decision: 'The American Dream isn't a private club with a cover charge' MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Democrats press Trump administration to stop DNA collection from detained migrants MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe DCCC's 'blacklist' protects a white male political status quo Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power 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.