Is ‘send her back’ the new ‘lock her up?’

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, and the crowd responded with "send her back", at a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, U.S., July 17, 2019. Photo credit: Jonathan Drake/Reuters

President Donald Trump was at a campaign rally in North Carolina yesterday, basking in chants of “send her back.” Those chants were directed at Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee. Trump now says he’s “not happy” about the rally chants. Even though earlier this week, he tweeted the same thing about Omar and the rest of “The Squad,” Michigan’s Rashida Talib, Massachusetts’ Ayana Pressly, and New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

Overall, public polling shows the majority of Americans who knew about Trump’s tweets thought they were offensive. But Trump appears to see some political edge in playing up race heading into 2020, which plays well with his base.