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… https://t.co/uHL8TNlr4k— Rep. Mark Walker (@Rep. Mark Walker) 1563418882.0
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.
@RepMarkWalker As long as you very briefly struggled with it before letting partisanship win out over principle.— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1563449098.0
@RepMarkWalker That chant was painful to every American with a knowledge of history and a functioning conscience, C… https://t.co/LhVRV8XEUf— Rev. Fred Small (@Rev. Fred Small) 1563448292.0
@RepMarkWalker sorry about your kampf, bro— man it’s a hot zone, (@man it’s a hot zone,) 1563452723.0
@RepMarkWalker Empty, hollow words when, in the same sentence, you blast her for hating America and Israel. Neither… https://t.co/3UpJP3ViZs— Mike P Williams (@Mike P Williams) 1563452423.0
@RepMarkWalker Impressive victory over that little clicker of conscience you are still capable of hearing. Brave. Inspiring.— Jacob T. Levy (@Jacob T. Levy) 1563453101.0
@RepMarkWalker I’m a civics teacher who lives and works in your district. Please provide me with the evidence of Re… https://t.co/j1LhKseM16— Ferris (@Ferris) 1563419458.0
@RepMarkWalker You were a former pastor and you “struggled with” the “send her back” chant? How’d that struggle turn out? 🤦🏼♀️— Birgit Nazarian (@Birgit Nazarian) 1563419305.0
@RepMarkWalker If this is the best rebuke you can offer against fascism then you are a fascist too. #FascistPresident— Jenn Gray (@Jenn Gray) 1563453377.0
@RepMarkWalker You didn't struggle with shit. Republicans are racist— Alex Cole (@Alex Cole) 1563451397.0