What Should Trump Do If His Supporters Chant “Send Her Back” at His Rally Tonight in Cincinnati?

Today, when asked what he would do if his followers in Cincinnati chant “send her back,” Donald Trump said, “I don’t know that you can stop people.  If they do chant, we’ll have to see what happens.”  Trump went on to say that he would prefer if they did not chant these racist comments, but if it happens he is not sure what he can do about it.

Really?  Perhaps he could take a John McCain approach:

But this won’t happen because Trump revels in this kind of stuff.  It feeds his ego and his narcissism.

26 thoughts on “What Should Trump Do If His Supporters Chant “Send Her Back” at His Rally Tonight in Cincinnati?

  1. John,
    Isn’t McCain’s reply pretty racist? The women says Obama is an Arab and McCain shakes his head and says “No mam, he’s a decent family man”. As tho being an Arab and being a decent family man are mutually exclusive. He’s defending Obama, sure, but he’s reinforcing the racist notion that calling someone an Arab is an insult.

    Imagine if the exchange went:
    Angry Liberal: “John McCain is an Evangelical”
    Obama: “No mam, he’s a decent family man”

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  2. Alex,
    Did he use a singular or a plural pronoun? To be honest with you, I didn’t think the incident was all that important so I did not review a verbatim transcript. From what I heard the chant was “Send her back.” If you heard, “Send them back” please furnish a link.
    Thanks

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  3. Then why did Trump say Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib should go back to the countries from which they came?

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  4. Then why did Trump say Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib should go back to the countries from which they came?

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  5. Unicorn,
    Any good political speaker or religious speaker can sense the mood of his/her audience. Again, why is that Hitlerian? Your faulty logic goes like this: Hitler could read his audience and suit his messages to that audience. Therefore any speaker who uses these techniques is a Nazi. Your reasoning doesn’t add up.

    I have known a lot of good salesmen who could read their audiences and tailor their pitch to the “target audience.” The skill is not a lot different.

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  6. Alex,

    Yes. The chants were geared to two very different situations. By the way, there was a lot more of the “Lock her up!” sentiment. It still has not gone away totally.

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  7. Really? You’re argument is that it would just be nonsensical to say ‘Hillary should go back to the country from which she came’? That would be meaningless, because she was born in America (and rep Omar was not)?

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  8. they love him (and were initially drawn to him in the first place out of all the GOP primary contenders in 2015-16) because he hates and bullies the very same people they have been coached to hate and blame for all of the ills that exist in their lives and in the nation

    “You Can Safely Assume You’ve Created God In Your Own Image When It Turns Out That God Hates All The Same People You Do.”
    — Anne Lamont

    That is nothing less than whipping the masses into a feeding frenzy.

    In which case there is a valid comparison with Ol’ Adolf. Because that was AH’s style when working an audience (and could he work an audience!) — pick up on their resentments and wants, give it a nudge, let their reaction nudge back, and keep building back-and-forth synergistically until everything hits critical mass. You find Revival Preachers who do this as well; outside observers DID describe the Nuremberg Rallies as “Revival Meetings”.

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  9. James is shaping up as this blog’s regular Trump Truth Squad Troll, similar to ChapmanEd over at Wondering Eagle. Check his response speed when you post Blasphemy against The Trump to see if he is camping out here.

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  10. Alex,
    Hillary didn’t come from England, France, or Belgium. How can you compare her situation to that of the lady from Somalia? Hillary’s chant was, “Lock her up.” The two separate chants apply to different circumstances.

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  11. Dave H.,

    Again, we are in partial accord on this matter. The zealous Trump supporters do appreciate the fact that he verbally goes after the objects of their resentment. (The verb “bully” is not accurate, in my opinion, but that is a matter for another discussion.) You have, however, accurately seen that the Trump supporters have a genuine visceral antipathy toward certain groups and institutions. I just don’t think it is directed racially, religiously, or ethnically but instead toward national and international elites. You are correct that Trump has seen this sentiment and tapped into it.

    I also agree with you that violence by any faction or lone wolf is always a danger. That is not only true in democracies but also in authoritarian states where rallies are controlled. It is the job of law enforcement to monitor those prone to violence and to hopefully prevent it. That’s what they get paid for, and like any group of professionals, they won’t win all of the battles. We live in a sadly imperfect world.

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  12. Alex,

    I don’t know if you ever saw the classic educational film, The Eye of the Beholder. It is old but still might be used in certain management classes. (It might be on YouTube, but I have never looked.) In any case, it takes place in a restaurant. There is an incident, and each of the witnesses separately gives his/her account of what transpired. The point of this short film is that everyone who witnessed the incident saw something largely different.

    Which brings me to your perception that the chants were “racially discriminatory.” That is your perception. I would bet you that the attendees at the rally did not share that perception. There were probably several reasons underlying the chants. Racism would be minimal at best.

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  13. James,
    The reason they are attacking the squad is irrelevant. Their chant is racially discriminatory and draws venom from a legacy of racism. And I cannot understand why anyone would use a definition of racism that does not include these things unless they are more interested in absolving us of systemic racism and white privileged than they are in helping our minority brothers and sisters.

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  14. Paul,

    I disagree that it was a straw man. Sean indirectly linked Trump enthusiasts at rallies to Hitlerites.
    Please read his posting.

    As far as the smiley face, I put it there for humor because Walmart was not a national metaphor in 1968. I am sorry you did not like the wry connection.

    James

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  15. Again, if it were only venting steam, that would be one thing. I am absolutely convinced that for many it goes far beyond that. The rally-goers don’t just love Trump because he gives voice to their grievances, they love him (and were initially drawn to him in the first place out of all the GOP primary contenders in 2015-16) because he hates and bullies the very same people they have been coached to hate and blame for all of the ills that exist in their lives and in the nation. They don’t just want to have their voices heard and supported, they want proactive aggression and vengeance against those they see as “Our enemy.” A climate ripe for violence is being created. (Side note: and it makes me absolutely sick that many of the loudest and angriest voices here are my fellow evangelicals.)

    Anticipating the expected “whatabout” response that some on the far left are engaging in violence: yes, this is the case, and that too is entirely wrong. That violence needs to be loudly disavowed and strongly opposed by progressive leaders, and many do. The angry and violent rhetoric on the right, though, has a massive megaphone in the most powerful position in the free world, which the fringe left does not possess, and that megaphone is engaging in a feedback loop with the angriest voices which is driving up the rhetoric to fever pitch. I’m sorry, but that is a very, very different dynamic than “venting steam” and giving voice to the concerns of those who feel that they haven’t had a voice. That is nothing less than whipping the masses into a feeding frenzy.

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  16. James, nobody has or ever will say what you just accused Sean of saying, but thanks for creating another strawman to play with.

    And I don’t know why you put in a smiling emoji, presumably you were trying to say something funny, but that, too, was a failure. Please stick to your talking points in future comments.

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  17. Sean,

    So you seem to be saying that enthusiasm at any rally is the sure sign of latent Hitlerism. I am probably a few years older than you, but you obviously are not considering the behavior of the anti-war protestors at political rallies during the Vietnam era. They were not Hitlerites, but their exuberant venom dwarfs the recent “Send her back” calls. (And come to think of it, no one called them smelly Walmart shoppers to initially provoke them! 🙃)
    James

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  18. Dave H.

    You and I are surprisingly not in total disagreement on this discussion.

    In your first full paragraph, you state that the chanters see the Squad as “monsters” who are “bent on destroying…..our way of life.” This perception has a lot of truth to it. So what? If you examine the radical domestic Green New Deal and the extreme foreign policy proposals of these four representatives, it does appear that they would fundamentally change our way of life.

    The larger question, however, gets back to race. The scary proposals of the Squad’s members have little to do with race and much to do with ideology.

    This brings us back the chants and the venting of steam by the rally goers. The forgotten Americans who have supported Trump are simply tired of being seen as smelly Walmart shoppers who are deplorable and irredeemable because they don’t follow the radically progressive agenda directed by media, government, and multinational corporate elites. There is nothing nefarious or sinister about that.

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  19. Yes, I’m sure Hitler was similarly passively resigned to Nazis shouting “Sieg Heil!” at him during party rallies. Nothing he can do! He wishes they’d stop, but, you know, ordinary Germans were letting off a little steam because they were tired of Weimar elites trashing their values all the time. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

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  20. It would be all well and good if I truly believed that those chanting slogans like this were simply engaged in hyperbolic blowing off steam because of having felt neglected or forgotten. But I am certain this is not the case for many, perhaps even most, of those doing so. For too many, these are not exaggerated chants such as one might hear at a sporting event where fans enjoin their team to do terrible things to the opposition. Rather, these are the true sentiments of those who have spent far too much time marinating in a constant media message that the targets of these chants are horrible monsters, a dire threat, avowed enemies of America, visibly not at all like “Us,” and maliciously bent on destroying “Our” country and “Our” way of life.

    I am not going to so cavalierly dismiss these words as mere venting by people who are frustrated and feeling left behind. Having vented out of frustration myself regarding various things over my life, I believe I can tell the difference. I no longer dismiss these types of seemingly hyperbolic statements, they are not just for show, and there is real animus behind them. They are not just verbal jabs made with the intent of “triggering the libs.” I believe the intent is real, and I believe this is all contributing to a climate and setting the stage for political powers to actually attempt to set these types of things into action.

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  21. John,

    Your perception was that the chant was racist. Racist accusations are “the flavor of the month” within Democrat circles. The people who made the chant do not use the lens of race but rather the lens of ideology when dealing with the Squad..

    James

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  22. James: You are such a moral crusader here at the blog, telling everyone how they are wrong about this and that. But when it comes to folks chanting racist chants like “send her back” you seem to lose your critical edge. Why?

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  23. John,

    You are probably right that the chants are psychologically satisfying to Trump for multiple reasons. Why stop there? The chants also are emotionally satisfying to a lot of Americans both inside the Trump rallies and in the larger society. Many Americans are simply tired of media, corporate, and governmental elites trashing the values of Main Street. Accordingly, people deserve to be able to let off a little steam. No one seriously expects deportations of the “Squad” to actually occur. The joyous rally chants essentially represent the politics of payback.

    Hillary characterized these people generally as deplorable and irredeemable, a political mistake which further steeled the resolve of the forgotten Americans. She wasn’t alone in her elitist attitudes; she was simply more vocal and visible.

    John McCain played by the establishment’s rules as he lead a very uninspiring presidential campaign. He just couldn’t connect with average people’s frustrations which had been building for years. Trump makes this electoral connection.

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