Washington - The chairman of the House Republican campaign organization says “there’s no place” for the “send her back” chants unleashed at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump.

Rep. Tom Emmer heads the National Republican Congressional Committee. The Minnesota lawmaker is referring to the crowd’s chants Wednesday night in North Carolina that were aimed at Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. She’s a fierce Trump critic.

At the rally, Trump began by verbally attacking Omar as the crowd chanted “send her back!” Omar came to the United States as a refugee from war-torn Somalia when she was a child.

Emmer tells reporters on Thursday that “there’s not a racist bone in this president’s body.”

And Emmer is defending Trump, who’s said critics of the U.S. should leave the country.

Emmer says Trump meant that dissatisfied people can leave, and “that goes for every one of us. It has nothing to do with your race, your gender or your family history.”