U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a news conference after a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
I wrote earlier that the “send her back” chant that erupted at Donald Trump’s North Carolina rally wasn’t something I could agree with, and it would appear that President Donald Trump is one of those who agree with me.
I mainly considered it wrong because deporting someone by force over saying something you don’t like is a practice in restricting free speech. As a free speech advocate, it’s my position that Rep. Ilhan Omar, whom the chant was about, can talk trash and speak warmly of terrorists all she wants. So long as she’s not actively playing a part in helping them carry out terrorist attacks, she can speak out without fear of legal reprisal.
In fact, I encourage it. I like when horrible people expose themselves as horrible through their own stupidity.
I haven’t seen Trump elaborate on his personal reasons for disliking the chant, but I did write that he hadn’t stopped it or spoken out about it since. Now he has.
According to Mark Knoller of CBS News, Trump was asked about the chant, and revealed he doesn’t like it. He also said that he’d try to stop it next time it happened.
Asked if he would stop the "send her back" chant if it comes up again at a future rally, "I will try. I will certainly try," he said. And he repeated that he didn't like the chant and tried to bring it to an end by resuming his speech quickly. pic.twitter.com/tgcAEW0izz
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 18, 2019
Video has now come out showing his comments in full, adding that he “felt a little bit badly about it.”
And fair enough. Forceful deportation over speech isn’t something anybody should stand behind. Though, as I wrote in the article I posted above, if Omar hates this country so much and thinks it’s a horrible place to be, then she should feel obligated to voluntary pack her things and leave it.
Her family escaped here from Somalia, a suburb of hell. You’d think she of all people would understand what it is to live in a country as wonderful and free as ours, yet she continuously badmouths it and its allies.
I wouldn’t chant “send her back.” I’d chant “just f***ing leave.”