President Donald J. Trump, on Wednesday evening, July 17, spoke to a crowded boisterous arena on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
During the rally, President Trump addressed the controversy sparked by his recent tweets aimed at the four freshmen congresswomen who gained attention since their arrival in January this year for their outspoken liberal views.
“Tonight, I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists trying to tear out country down,” said President Trump, who continued, “They never have anything good to say.”
The president explained that was the reason he had said, “If they don’t like it, let them leave.” And if “they don’t love it, tell them to leave it,” he continued.
“Omar has a history of launching anti-Semitic screeds,” said President Trump, referring to the Somalian-born Representative Ilhan Omar of Minesotta, whose parents came to the United States as refugees when she was 8 years old.
The crowd started chanting loudly, “Send her back” and the president had to pause his speech.
On Thursday afternoon while surrounded by Special Olympics Committee members in the Oval Office, President Trump told White House reporters that he was “not happy” with the ‘Send her back’ chant. President Trump said, “I felt a little bit badly about it” and that he “would certainly try” to stop the chant if it occurs in a subsequent rally.
During Wednesday evening’s rally, President Trump also referred to the impeachment resolution, which he had heard that the House had voted to stop it.
Wednesday’s “Keep America Great” rally was well attended.
One President Trump supporter, Jim Yates said he supports the president’s tweets. “This is my 26th rally and I strongly support out president because he supports our constitutional rights,” said Yates.
Another supporter, Gerri McDaniel said the most important is securing the border. “I think that unless we can secure the border, there’s no way we can accommodate the folks that are coming in. We want them to come but the legal way.”
Robin Holley, another supporter said participating in the rally is “one way of me feeling connected to my president.” Holley said, “Never before in my lifetime was I so involved in the political arena.”
This is President Trump’s sixth trip to North Carolina as president and his first 2020 campaign event in North Carolina, where he defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.