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Trump's 'Go Back' Rhetoric Is Sign Of A Racially Divisive And Turbulent Year To Come

President Trump has used white grievance to fuel his candidacy since he first came onto the political scene. So what he's doing now with four congresswomen of color is hardly a surprise.
President Trump continued his attacks on members of Congress during a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., Wednesday night. Source: Nicholas Kamm

The racist rhetoric from President Trump attacking four freshmen Democratic women, who he tweeted should "go back" to their countries of origin, escalated Wednesday night at his campaign rally in North Carolina.

"Send her back," the crowd chanted, during a riff in which the president criticized Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born American citizen from Minnesota.

The president stood back for about 13 seconds before continuing on with his speech, not commenting on the chant, which hearkened back to the anti-Hillary Clinton "Lock her up" refrain, ubiquitous at 2016 Trump rallies.

Still, on Thursday, Trump claimed he tried to stop it, would try to do so in the future and that he disavows the chant.

"I was not

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