During President Trump’s July 17 rally in North Carolina, the crowd chanted “send her back” in reference to Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Immediately following the chants, Fox host Greg Gutfeld downplayed the obvious racism, instead saying it was the type of thing one would hear at a “sporting event.”
Trump’s attacks toward Omar, and his crowd’s racist chant, reflect the racism and bigotry propogated by Fox News, specifically toward Rep. Omar. Many personalities on Fox have frequently employed xenophobic and racist attacks against Omar. This includes Tucker Carlson’s recent controversial and racist outburst that Omar “hates this country,” Todd Starnes saying that she should go “back to whatever third world hellhole” she came from, and Lou Dobbs claiming that she does not “represent” America. Jeanine Pirro's show was put on temporary hiatus in March after she suggested that Omar's (D-MN) hijab was "indicative of her adherence to sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution.”
Shortly after Trump blatantly lied that he had tried to stop the chants, Gutfeld reversed his position as well, claiming “chants suck” and purporting his aversion for all mob actions.