Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) on Thursday admitted that he “struggled” as he watched racist chants break out at President Donald Trump’s rally — though he still refused to denounce racism.
Writing on Twitter, Walker said that he “struggled with the ‘send her back’ chant tonight referencing Rep. Omar.”
Walker then proceeded to trash Omar’s character by saying that “her history, words and actions reveal her great disdain for both America amd Israel.” Walker then argued that this supposed disdain for America “should be our focus and not phrasing that’s painful to our friends in the minority communities.”
Though it was brief, I struggled with the “send her back” chant tonight referencing Rep. Omar. Her history, words & actions reveal her great disdain for both America & Israel. That should be our focus and not phrasing that’s painful to our friends in the minority communities.
— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) July 18, 2019
Walker’s mealy-mouthed critique of racist Trump rally chants drew an angry reaction from many other Twitter users — check out some of the top reactions below.
As long as you very briefly struggled with it before letting partisanship win out over principle.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 18, 2019
That chant was painful to every American with a knowledge of history and a functioning conscience, Congressman.
We know from the Bible that Pontius Pilate struggled, as well. But it's not for the struggle that he is remembered. #IStandWithIlhan
— Rev. Fred Small (@revfredsmall) July 18, 2019
sorry about your kampf, bro
— as a prosecutor, (@Mobute) July 18, 2019
Empty, hollow words when, in the same sentence, you blast her for hating America and Israel. Neither of which are true. So stop lying. This is one of the weakest, most pathetic attempts to stand against racism. Feel embarrassed when you read it back later.
— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) July 18, 2019
Impressive victory over that little clicker of conscience you are still capable of hearing. Brave. Inspiring.
— Jacob T. Levy (@jtlevy) July 18, 2019
I’m a civics teacher who lives and works in your district. Please provide me with the evidence of Rep. Omar’s “disdain…for America.” I wouldn’t let my students get away with a a claim without evidence. I certainly won’t let my congressman.
— Ferris(Mr.) (@_ferrous) July 18, 2019
You were a former pastor and you “struggled with” the “send her back” chant? How’d that struggle turn out? 🤦🏼♀️
— Birgit Nazarian (@birkirstin) July 18, 2019
If this is the best rebuke you can offer against fascism then you are a fascist too.#FascistPresident
— Jenn Gray (@votejenngray) July 18, 2019
You didn't struggle with shit. Republicans are racist
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) July 18, 2019