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

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHouse rejects GOP measure censuring Schiff House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Republicans seek to delay effort to censure Schiff after Cummings' death MORE (R-Wyo.) on Sunday said the "send her back" chant directed at Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarNorth Dakota GOP state lawmaker shares debunked photo, calls Omar a 'terrorist' These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE (D-Minn.) that broke out at a President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails 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-CortezDemocratic strategist: Sanders seeking distance from Warren could 'backfire' These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump CBS to Ocasio-Cortez on Sanders support: 'As a woman of color, why back an old white guy?' MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThese 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump Ocasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings 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.