Good news: It’s okay for Trumpers to say they didn’t like the chant now.

Is it true that he started “speaking very quickly” to try to cut the crowd off? It is not:

But whatever. He’s telling people to knock it off now and that’s all to the good. Credit to him. But until the next rally, the jury will remain out on whether he’s sincere. The chant will inevitably start again once he begins riffing on Omar; what will he say? Will he tell them in earnest to knock it off, that they’re crossing a line, or will he do that jokey scolding he tends to do when he wants the crowd to know that he agrees with them but has to pretend otherwise for appearances’ sake? “Now, now,” he’ll say with a grin, “that’s *terrible.* The fake news would even call it deplorable.”

Also, what prompted this surprising rebuke of his own fans? Sincere remorse, or something else?

Politico heard the same thing about Republican consternation over the chanting at this morning’s meeting, per Ed’s last post. Walker, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House and a solid conservative, offered this publicly on Twitter last night:

Maybe POTUS had his arm twisted or maybe he sincerely regretted the “send her back” hooting even though it’s cheek-by-jowl with his own love-it-or-leave-it message from this past weekend. Either way, note that this isn’t the first time he’s publicly criticized his fans over a chant: I had no memory of it but Aaron Blake is right that Trump initially pushed back on the “lock her up” chanting about Hillary when it first began in July 2016. He called it “a shame” at the time, emphasizing that he “didn’t like” it — just as he did today with the “send her back” chant:

Within days, as the chanting persisted, he was telling audiences, “I’ve been saying let’s just beat her on November 8th. But you know what, I’m starting to agree with you.” He’s not a guy inclined to resist the most demagogic urges of a crowd.

Odds are, there’ll be official “Send Her Back” MAGA hats on sale outside his rallies by fall.

In lieu of an exit question, here’s Ilhan Omar pissin’ a little more gasoline onto the political fire.