House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHouse passes sweeping defense policy bill Trump rips Bush for backing Cheney Bush to hold fundraiser for Cheney MORE (R-Wyo.) on Sunday said the "send her back" chant directed at Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarPentagon 'aware' of reports Wisconsin military base's struggle to feed, heat Afghan refugees Progressives push for fossil subsidy repeal in spending bill WHIP LIST: How House Democrats say they'll vote on infrastructure bill MORE (D-Minn.) that broke out at a President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe 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.
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-CortezEnhanced infrastructure plan is the best way to go WHIP LIST: How House Democrats say they'll vote on infrastructure bill Feehery: The confidence game MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOvernight Defense & National Security — Iron Dome funding clears House House passes standalone bill to provide B for Israel's Iron Dome WHIP LIST: How House Democrats say they'll vote on infrastructure bill MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyWarren, Bush offer bill to give HHS power to impose eviction moratorium Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes Advocates 'in utter disbelief' after Biden resumes Haitian repatriations 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."
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.