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Dan Le Batard has impassioned rebuke of racist ‘send her back’ chant despite ESPN rules

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Dan Le Batard has impassioned rebuke of racist ‘send her back’ chant despite ESPN rules



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Over the past year, ESPN has shifted its reporting and commentary away from politics — an order that came from the network’s new president Jimmy Pitaro.

But ESPN radio and TV personality Dan Le Batard wasn’t going to remain quiet as he heard the racist “send her back” chants at a Wednesday Trump rally about Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

During Thursday’s broadcast of the Dan Le Batard Show, the longtime ESPN host briefly recapped what happened at the rally in North Carolina before taking aim at the comments and how ESPN has approached the subject since Jemele Hill’s exit. Putting aside ESPN’s policy to avoid political subjects, Le Batard called out the racism that he witnessed on Wednesday.

Stop what you’re doing and watch this.@LeBatardShow responds to the racist “Send her back” and “Go back to your country” attacks against Ilhan Omar and other congresswomen.

“If you’re not calling it abhorrent, obviously racist, dangerous rhetoric, you’re complicit.” pic.twitter.com/ntOC2Seg3b

— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) July 18, 2019

He said:

“So, what happened last night. This felt un-American. Basically, a chant, ‘Send her back.’ It’s not the America that my parents came to get for us … There’s a racial division in this country that’s being instigated by the president. And we here at ESPN haven’t had the stomach for that fight because Jemele (Hill) did some things on Twitter, and you saw what happened after that. Then, here, all of the sudden, nobody talks politics on anything unless we can use one of these sports figures as a meat shield in the most cowardly possible way to discuss the subject.

“What happened last night at this rally is deeply offensive. Done by the president of our country. … Nick Wright writes ‘I don’t talk politics on here, but this isn’t political. This is abhorrent, obviously racist, dangerous rhetoric and not calling it out makes you complicit.’ The ‘send her back’ chant and the ‘go back to where you came from’ are so antithetical to what we should be. It is so right what he (Wright) is saying there. It is so wrong what the president of our country is doing, trying to go down getting reelected by dividing the masses at a time when the old white man, the old, rich white man feels oppressed being attacked by minorities. Black people, brown people, women — that’s who we’re going after now. Black people, brown people, women — let’s do it, as the platform.

“That’s what you’re seeing, and the only way we can discuss it around here — because this isn’t about politics, it’s about race — what you’re seeing happening around here is about race being turned into politics. And we only talk about it around here when Steve Kerr or Popovich says something. We don’t talk about what is happening unless there’s some sort of weak cowardly sports angle that we can run it through. When sports has been a place where this stuff changes.”

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