And both sides couldn't be more wrong:
Sen. Thom Tillis and Rep. Mark Walker were in attendance Wednesday night at President Trump’s rally in North Carolina, where the crowd’s chant of “send her back!” targeting Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) rang in the air unchallenged.
On Thursday, Tillis defended the president, saying he had no control over the crowd and equating the event to a rock concert. Walker, a former pastor who has worked in refugee camps, called the chants offensive and said such rhetoric needs to stop before it defines the Republican Party.
Setting aside Two-Faced Tillis for the moment: Walker, who is supposed to be a religious man, is more concerned about the political consequences to his party than he is the safety and prosperity of the ethnic minorities being targeted in chants like this. Just do a mental exercise for me, and finish this sentence: "Such rhetoric needs to stop before it----" If you came up with "leads to violence" or some variation of that, you are a normal human being with an innate concern for the welfare of others. Now back to Tillis, who has latched onto Trump like a Lone Star tick:
Tillis — who broke with Trump over his declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border to build the wall, then made an abrupt turnaround and was endorsed by the president last month — told reporters at the Capitol that people were “reading too much into” the episode.
“Any one of y’all that have been to a rock concert or other venues, somebody starts up, somebody else thinks . . . I mean, to be fair to the audience, they’re in a mode where they’re energized,” said Tillis, who rode with Trump on Air Force One to the rally and arrived in the president’s motorcade.
Reading into it? Trump Tweets a middle-school taunt for minority Congresswomen to "go back home," crowd chants "send her back!" That's not a coincidence, it's cause & effect.