On Wednesday as the News Blender reported President Trump held a rally, originally billed as a “counter” to Mueller’s testimony, which was scheduled to happen on Wednesday, but was postponed to allow more time for the Judiciary Committee to ask Mueller questions.
The rally itself was it’s typical standard rally, until the chants of “lock her up,” were replaced with chants of “send her back,” a reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN), Somalian heritage.
Here's full clip of Trump attacking Omar & ensuing "send her back!" chants. Couple things to note:— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 18, 2019
1) The hypnotic way Trump puts words in her mouth to make it seem like she's an al-Qaeda supporter
2) The jingoistic grunts emanating from crowd, reminiscent of an Idiocracy scene pic.twitter.com/b8CEsgv4Uo
The chants followed a week of the President and Republicans attempting to dismiss racist tweets he sent on Sunday, where he told four sitting Congresswomen that if they did not like America so much they could “go back,” to where they came from.
On Wednesday night President Trump upped his attack of Omar, leading to the chants of “send her back,” the President made no attempt to stop the chants.
Thursday lawmakers have been asked to weigh-in on the racist chants from the rally.
Lindsey Graham gives up the game, tells reporters that "if you're a Somali refugee wearing a MAGA cap, [Trump] doesn't want to send you back … what does that tell me? That it's about the criticism."— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 18, 2019
In other words, Trump tolerates refugees so long as they support him. pic.twitter.com/9x9IOvruLW
FOX NEWS: Senator, what did you think about the 'send her back' chants last night?@SenThomTillis: "Well look, anytime you get into a crowd like that, you've got a lot of supporters, they're going to say what they want to say"— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 18, 2019
(Tillis proceeds to bash Omar & the "gang" himself) pic.twitter.com/NSliproP1j
A chant like “Send her back!” is ugly and dangerous, and it is the inevitable consequence of President Trump’s demagoguery. This is how history’s worst episodes begin. We must not allow this man to take us to such a place.— Justin Amash (@justinamash) July 18, 2019
Jim Jordan told me this when asked about Omar “send her back” chants. “I think Americans are frustrated by the fact that we haven’t dealt with the crisis at the border.” He said he didn’t see the chants and also wouldn’t answer if chants were appropriate as he entered hearing— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 18, 2019
NRCC Chair Tom Emmer, R-Minn., says of “send her back” chant at Trump rally: “There’s no place for that kind of talk. I don’t agree with that.” Tells us @csmonitor breakfast there’s not a racist bone in Trump’s body; “What he was trying to say, he said wrong.”— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) July 18, 2019
More Emmer trying to explain Trump tweets: “What he was trying to say is that if you don’t appreciate this country, you don’t have to be here.” Quotes constituent telling him of Omar that it sounds like she hates America: “How bout a little gratitude w that attitude?”— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) July 18, 2019
Also happening on Thursday, Jeffrey Epstein, the politically connected financier is back in court, where U.S. District Judge Richard Berman will rule on whether or not Epstein’s bail will be denied.
The bail hearing which began Monday, with the Government explaining to the court of the existence of a fake passport, the foreign passport contained Epstein’s photo, but was issued under a different name, which they conclude makes Epstein a flight risk.
As the News Blender reported last week, Epstein was arrested and charged with sex trafficking of minors.
Financier Jeffrey Epstein Charged With Sex Trafficking Minors – https://t.co/HrouADMhtA— TheNewsBlender (@TheNewsBlender) July 8, 2019
As Snip Bytes reported on Wednesday, Epstein’s lawyers sent a memo to the Judge to explain that the Austrian passport that has expired, was obtained by Epstein in the 80’s only for his protection while traveling in the Middle East.
Epstein's Lawyer Defends Decoy Passport, New York Prosecutors Unimpressed https://t.co/Xc2DUGV5kH— Snip🦈Bytes (@SnipBytes) July 18, 2019
On Thursday ahead of the hearing Courthouse News is reporting that Epstein’s attorney’s have explained that the passport was given to Epstein by a friend.
NEW: Jeffrey Epstein's attorneys respond to the government's letter about the stamps on his passport.— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) July 18, 2019
"Epstein was given the passport at issue by a friend," they claim, insisting he never used it for international travel. cc: @CourthouseNews pic.twitter.com/GJVZTwwZ3h
More to watch for on this Thursday, at 11 a.m. eastern time, the Government has been ordered to make the redacted portions of the one-time lawyer for President Trump, Michael Cohen’s search warrants application public.
This as the News Blender reported on Wednesday order comes as the Government has said they are done investigating the campaign finance violation that Cohen in part is currently serving three years in prison for.
As the News Blender reported Thursday’s document drop, follows the March public release of the redacted Cohen search warrant application.
The President has currently started to tweet, so far he has issued 4.
Most of the MS-13 Gang members indictedand & arrested in L.A. were illegal aliens, 19 of 22. They are said to have killed many people in the most brutal fashion. They should never have been allowed in our Country for so long, 10 years. We have arrested and deported thousands…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2019
….of gang members, in particular MS-13. Ice and Border Patrol are doing a great job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2019
A lot of bad things are happening in Puerto Rico. The Governor is under siege, the Mayor of San Juan is a despicable and incompetent person who I wouldn’t trust under any circumstance, and the United States Congress foolishly gave 92 Billion Dollars for hurricane relief, much….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2019
….of which was squandered away or wasted, never to be seen again. This is more than twice the amount given to Texas & Florida combined. I know the people of Puerto Rico well, and they are great. But much of their leadership is corrupt, & robbing the U.S. Government blind!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2019
Authors note: As the President did not start tweeting until eleven minutes ago, I will publish this thread without context to his current tweets, but will add that content as quickly as I’m able. This post will be updated.