Tim Pawlenty on 'Send her back' chants: 'There is no place for that in politics'

"You'd hope that people would use good judgment and decency."

Paul and Jordana
July 18, 2019 - 4:39 pm

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has come out strongly against the "Send her back" chants directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar at a Trump rally on Wednesday night. 

"There's just no place for that in politics. And even if there are really no rules to speak up because it's not a court of law and in the like, you'd hope that people would use good judgment and decency and there's just no place for that type of terminology," he told 830 News Talk host Jordana Green. 

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Pawlenty, who is cohosting the 3 pm to 6 pm show on Thursday and Friday while Paul Douglas is out, made clear that he is also critical of Omar. "She's had her own comments that were viewed by many including me as antisemitic and wildly inappropriate as well." 

But while he believes Omar should be, "held accountable" for her past statements, he was unambiguous when he came to the idea that she or anyone else should be told to "go back" to where they came from. 

"When you're here legally, particularly when you're a citizen, 'Send her back' or 'Send you back' or 'Send me back' or ''Send him back,' should not belong in our political discourse."

Trump has said he, "was not happy" with the chants, though video shows him pausing and continuing his speech without addressing the chants.  

The exchange occurred during the first block of the show:  

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