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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) pushed back on reporters who grilled him on President Trump’s purported racism Thursday, pointing out that the president’s criticisms of the “Squad” are rooted in their ideas and rhetoric – not race.
A cluster of reporters brought up the “send her back” chant that erupted at the president’s rally in Greenville, North Carolina, Wednesday night.
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“What message does it send to other naturalized American citizens that a predominately white crowd is chanting, ‘Send her back’?” a reporter asked.
Graham brought up Trump’s original tweets, which implored members of the “Squad” to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” and “come back and show us how it is done.”
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“I think the president’s playing on the 1968 ‘Love it or leave it,'” Graham said.
“I’ve said it before, that if you’re a Somali refugee wearing a MAGA hat, he doesn’t want to send you back. You’d probably have dinner at the White House. What does that tell me? It’s about their criticism,” he continued:
The president believes that what they’re doing is over the top. We’re not running concentration camps. So when you start accusing people of running concentration camps, who work for the United States government, you’re going to be met with some fiery responses. I don’t like it. I’m not going around...
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