Trump disavowed the “send her back” chant when asked by ABC’s White House reporter Jonathan Karl “why didn’t you ask them to stop saying it?”
Trump answered, “Number one, I think I did. I started speaking very quickly.” He then added, “I disagree with it, by the way. But it was quite a chant and I felt a little bit badly about it but I will say this, I did and I started speaking very quickly, I started rather fast as you probably noticed.”
Video of that moment in the speech, however, reveals that Trump paused during the speech as the “send her back” chant grew in volume.
I asked the President why he didn’t stop the “send her back” chants from his supporters last night.
“I think i did,” he answered. “I started speaking quickly. I disagree with it by the way.”
Fact: the chant went on for 13 seconds before he started speaking again.
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) July 18, 2019
.@maggieNYT – “Via pool, Trump asked why he didn’t stop the “send her back” chants, claims he did, even though they continued and he let it breathe: “I think I did – I started speaking very quickly.””
Here’s the video of that moment, see how “quickly” he starts speaking. pic.twitter.com/3NlHOEqYjN
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) July 18, 2019
Question: “So you’ll tell your supporters never to say [“Send her back”] again?”
President Trump: “I was not happy with it. I disagree with it. But again, I didn’t say — I didn’t say that, they did.” pic.twitter.com/wsJ2kNRO0r
— The Hill (@thehill) July 18, 2019
Trump claims he tried to shut down the “send her back” chants — which just echoed the messages of his tweets and remarks in recent days. That is a lie. It’s on video. For 13 seconds, he just basked in the chant. pic.twitter.com/RB4kKMFTAo
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) July 18, 2019