Last night had all of the
hallmarks of Trump’s rallies
at their best. You know, call and response,
bragging about his achievements, stories about mythical people who tell hem him
what a great president he is. But then…
but then he changed gears. Changed gears,
and he zeroed in on the story that’s been dominating news
all week: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
and the Squad. And tonight I have a suggestion
for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying
to tear our country down. They never have
anything good to say. That’s why I say,
“Hey, if they don’t like it, let them leave.”
Let them leave, right? Cortez. Somebody said
that’s not her name. It’s… They said,
“That’s not her name, sir.” I said, “No, no.” I don’t have time to go
with three different names. We’ll call her Cortez. Too much time.
Takes too much time. My man, you just told us
you literally had nothing to do! (laughter) “I have more time
than anyone in the… I got nothing to do.” “Can you say
this congresswoman’s full name?” “Whoa, whoa, whoa,
I don’t have time for that. You think these crazy tweets
write themselves?” (laughter) And I guess… I guess maybe… maybe Trump didn’t have time
to say her name because he wanted
to leave more time for the crowd to boo
all of the members of the Squad. All right?
Although, something tells me there’s one member of the Squad Trump supporters
aren’t really familiar with. When you see
the four congresswomen… Oh, isn’t that lovely? (crowd booing) Representative Ilhan Omar. (crowd booing) Representative Rashida Tlaib. (crowd booing) Representative
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (crowd booing) Representative Ayanna Pressley. (laughs) Oh, man. Okay, that was…
that was hilarious because they clearly don’t know
who Ayanna Pressley is. Everyone else,
they were like, “Boo!” And then with her, it was like,
“Oh, we’re still… we’re still reading up on her.” (laughter) And I’ll be honest.
I’ll be honest. If I was Ayanna Pressley, I wouldn’t know how to feel
about this. No, because on the one hand,
I don’t want to get booed. On the other hand,
I don’t want to be left out by being the only person
who doesn’t get booed. You know? Yeah. Like, if all my friends
got booed and I didn’t, I would be like,
“Guys, am I not booable? “Am I… am I…
You would tell me “if I wasn’t booable,
right? Like… “You know what, I’m gonna go
to Instagram and see if I’m… Wait, there’s no likes.
No one likes me?” (laughter) But while the crowd
may not have been as familiar
with Ayanna Pressley, it was very clear how they felt
about Ilhan Omar. NEWSMAN:
It was the defining moment of the president’s rally
Wednesday night in North Carolina, the raucous crowd
unleashing a new chant: “Send her back.” And obviously and importantly, Omar has a history of launching vicious, anti-Semitic screeds. CROWD (chanting):
Send her back! Send her back! Send her back!
Send her back! Send her back! Send her back! Send her back! Wow. “Send her back.” A U.S. citizen. “Send her back.” Yeah. It almost makes you miss
the innocent days when all Trump’s crowd
wanted to do was imprison a woman
without trial. You know? (chanting):
“Lock her up! Lock…” ‘Cause that was horrible,
but at least Hillary would get to stay
in the country, you know? And, you know, there have been
several disturbing moments in the Trump presidency, but for some reason, this one moment
felt extra disturbing. It’s the same way I felt
when Ted Cruz grew a beard. Like, I… I didn’t think
it could get any worse, but here we are. And I-I’m far from the only one who felt that way
about this moment in the rally. I mean, pretty much
everyone who watched this thing was sickened by what they saw. A group
of Republican congressmen even personally expressed their
concerns about it to Mike Pence in a secret morning meeting. Yeah. And the backlash
was so intense that even the president himself tried to distance himself
from his crowd. REPORTER: When your supporters
last night were chounting– chanting “Send her back,”
why didn’t you stop them? Why didn’t you ask them
to stop saying that? Well, number one,
I-I think I did. I started speaking very quickly. It-it really was a loud– I disagree with it,
by the way. But it was quite a chant. And, uh, I felt
a little bit badly about it. But I will say this,
uh, I did– and I started speaking
very quickly– but it started up
rather-rather fast, as you probably noticed. I was not happy
when I heard that chant. Wait, what? Sometimes I think
this guy thinks, like, cameras don’t exist.
It’s just like– How-how is Trump gonna say
he wasn’t happy with that chant? He inspired the chant. He’s the one who tweeted
they should go back, right? I mean, he said it in his
speech. We saw it. He said it. This would be like the deejay
turning on a crowd. You know?
Like, the deejay’s like, “Everybody make some noise!” And the crowd’s like, “Hey!”
He’s like, “Hey, hey, hey, hey. “Hey, we got neighbors,
we got neighbors. “Come on, man. “It’s a Tuesday night.
People have things to do. Come on.” And, like, I d–
I don’t know what’s worse. I don’t know what’s a worse lie: Trump saying
that he didn’t like the chant or that he quickly stopped
the crowd from chanting. He said that.
“I quickly stopped them.” He didn’t stop anything. He was basking in that moment like an iguana
soaking up racist sun. Like, come on. Like, he let that chant
go on for so long, Usain Bolt could have won
a gold medal in that time. Yeah.
And that sounds like a joke, sounds like a joke,
but it’s also completely true. -(starting shot) -CROWD:
Send her back! Send her back! Send her back!
Send her back! -Send her back! Send her back!
-(cheering and applause) Send her back!
Send her back! And she talked
about the evil Israel… See that? Everyone crossed the line before Trump stopped the chant. And, look, here’s the thing, like, we’ve seen this before
from Trump. If you remember,
he’s done this. He gets his supporters
worked up, he pretends to be shocked, and then it becomes one
of his greatest hits when he’s on the road.
He did the exact same thing with “lock her up.”
Exact same thing. Came out,
they shouted “lock her up,” and then, when they asked him,
he was like, “I c– I can’t believe it.
I don’t like it. I don’t want Hillary– I don’t
want Hillary to go to jail.” And then, like,
a few months later, he was like, “Lock her up, lock her up.” So we know what’s gonna happen. We know where this is gonna go. This is gonna become a thing. And to all those Republicans who felt uncomfortable
by what they saw at this rally, maybe instead of complaining
about it to Mike Pence in a little meeting, you
should step up and do something. Like, what I’m trying to say is grow some balls,
grow some balls, -grow some balls.
-(cheering and applause)