Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Friday downplayed the “send her back” chant aimed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from President Trump’s rally this week, arguing the chant was “innocent” and the resulting political firestorm is “much ado about nothing.”
Limbaugh, a staunch supporter of Trump, weighed in one day after the president distanced himself from the chant, saying he was “not happy” with the audience moment in Greenville, N.C., on Wednesday night that has since dominated the political discussion.
“Much ado about nothing,” Limbaugh said Friday on “Fox & Friends” during a satellite interview from his radio studio in Florida.
“Ilhan Omar herself hates Israel,” he later said. “She’s been uttering anti-Semitic statements. The House comes up with a resolution, doesn’t even mention her name. And yet some people at a Trump rally make some innocent little chat borne of fun and Washington comes to a halt and everybody gets up, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, did you hear that?’ It’s nothing.”
“You know, we have this two sets of rules circumstance here, and all this is, is designed to get conservative Republicans acting as though they’re guilty of racism, bigotry, sexism and homophobia, and it’s all made up,” Limbaugh added.
“We conservatives love people, Steve,” he concluded to co-host Steve Doocy. “We want the best for everybody. We want everybody to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that living in this country affords everybody. And we want everybody to be able to have the opportunity to be the best they want to be, using the ambition, desire they have it. All we ask, all we ask is that you love your country, that you do your best to help other people love the country. There’s no reason to hate this country.”
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