CONGRESS/GOP/IVANKA/RACISM/RALLY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Nervous Republicans, from senior members of Congress to his own daughter Ivanka, urged President Trump on Thursday [7-18-19] to repudiate the ‘send her back’ chant directed at a Somali-born congresswoman during his speech the night before at a rally in North Carolina, amid widespread fears that the rally had veered into territory that could hurt their party in 2020. In response, Mr. Trump disavowed the behavior of his own supporters in comments to reporters at the White House and claimed that he had tried to contain it, an assertion clearly contradicted by video of the event. Mr. Trump said he was ‘not happy’ with the chant directed at Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a freshman Democrat who is Muslim…Pressed on why he did not stop it, Mr. Trump said, ‘I think I did — I started speaking very quickly.’’ In fact, as the crowd roared ‘send her back,’ Mr. Trump paused and looked around silently for more than 10 seconds as the scene unfolded in front of him, doing nothing to halt the chorus. ‘I didn’t say that,’ he added. ‘They did.’”

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Maggie Haberman and Michael Crowley, “Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant After Pressure From G.O.P.,” The New York Times online, July 18, 2019