Fox News host Laura Ingraham blasted the mainstream media for “framing” President Donald Trump’s entire rally around a chant by a small portion of the crowd.
Discussing the president’s campaign rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, Ingraham called out the “Pavlovian response” of the media to a moment when Trump was criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar.
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“There was a moment in the middle of the president’s remarks about the gang of four where a small section of the crowd chanted ‘send her back,’ a reference to the president’s original tweet on the issue,” she said on “The Ingraham Angle” Wednesday, noting how the media quickly jumped on the moment to further condemn Trump for his attacks on the freshman Minnesota congresswoman and the other progressive Democrats he has criticized.
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The chant referred back to Trump’s initial tweet on Sunday when he questioned why unnamed “Democrat Congresswomen” don’t “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came, then come back and show us how it is done.”
It was clear later he was referring to Omar, who came to the U.S. as a Somali refugee, as well as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley.
“Representative Omar blamed the United States for the terrorist attacks on our country, saying terrorism is a reaction to our involvement in other peoples’ affairs,” Trump said during the rally in Greenville Wednesday, as the crowd booed. “She smeared U.S. servicemembers involved in ‘Black Hawk Down’ — in other words, she slandered the brave Americans who were trying to keep peace in Somalia.”
He went on to recall how Omar “minimized the Sept. 11 attacks on our homeland, saying ‘some people did something.'”
“I don’t think so. ‘Some people did something?’ Yeah, some people did something, alright. She pleaded for compassion for ISIS recruits attempting to join the terrorist organization,” he went on as shouts of “traitor” came from the rally crowd. Trump went on to note how the Muslim congresswoman did not answer whether she supported Al Qaeda during a press conference this week and named other incidents in which she looked down o America.
Omar’s in charge, tells press: We will no longer ‘allow’ you to ask Muslims to condemn terrorism https://t.co/pT4UWPHGjU
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 16, 2019
As the chants of “send her back” began, Trump did not respond and only briefly paused in his remarks to step aside from the microphone before adding that there were “many other things” he could mention about the Democrat.
Omar shot back on Twitter later in the evening, quoting civil rights activist and poet Maya Angelou.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
-Maya Angelou https://t.co/46jcXSXF0B
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 18, 2019
Democrats including California Rep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and 2020 Democrat presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand all condemned the president’s remarks and the chanting. The press also joined in to focus on the moment and the chant, quickly fanning it into the centerpiece of Trump’s long speech.
Ingraham ripped the media apart after playing smug video clips from CNN and MSNBC that criticized the president for the chant.
“They bashed Trump supporters for ‘lock her up,'” she said, recalling the chants about Hillary Clinton during 2016 rallies. “Now they are doing the same over this ‘send them back’ tonight.”
“Are the media and the Democrats missing how many Americans feel about what they’re told about the way they should think from these four elected officials?” Ingraham wondered.
Her guest, former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino said there’s always “double standard” at play, noting examples where Trump and his supporters have been vilified with no outcry from the press.
“I get it, Some of the tweets could be worded differently and some of the language, probably, if you go back, he would take it back. I get that,” Bongino acknowledged. “But saying the president is a racist is straight up asinine.”
Ingraham slammed the “conjured-up outrage about ‘lock her up’ or ‘send them back,’” turning to Pressley’s remarks from the weekend.
Pressley proves it’s all about race: ‘We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice’ https://t.co/PlDGtIpfN8
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 16, 2019
“We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice,” the Massachusetts Democrat said at a conference.
“She went through a whole litany of people,” Ingraham argued, agreeing about the double standard Bongino mentioned.
“So now Trump is like the devil for an offhand comment that we’ve heard for decades,” Ingraham continued. “Not just directed at immigrants, but directed at people who seem ungrateful.”