Multiple news outlets parrot Trump’s dishonest disavowal of “send her back” rally chant

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

Following bipartisan criticism of attendees chanting “send her back” after President Donald Trump renewed attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) during his July 17 rally, Trump dishonestly claimed today he “was not happy with it. I disagree with it,” also saying he “started speaking very quickly” once the chant began in an attempt to stop it. Multiple mainstream news organizations tweeted out Trump’s claim of disavowal without sufficient context showing his insincerity.

As Trump’s remarks were being reported, CNN reporter Daniel Dale explained that Trump wasn’t being truthful, as he had taken a long pause before he began speaking again.

And some media outlets debunked portions of Trump’s excuses or pointed out that his supporters’ chant reflected his own words:

But many other news organizations published tweets that repeated Trump’s dishonest disavowal without critique: