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The fact that it was not surprising did not make it any less disturbing. After President Trump assailed Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar at a North Carolina rally Wednesday night, his crowd of supporters broke into a chant, shouting in unison, “SEND HER BACK!” Then, as Kaitlan Collins reported on-air, Trump “paused a moment to let that chant grow some momentum.”

The reactions were swift. Former Obama speechwriter and “Pod Save America” host Jon Favreau called it “one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.” And former Jeb Bush aide Tim Miller tweeted, “I’d say to my friends in DC going along with Trump. Imagine how this video of the President leading a white mob in a ‘Send Her Back’ chant targeting a black refugee is going to look in your kids’ high school government/history classes.”

At the end of his program, Chris Cuomo summed things up succinctly: “Trump says he wants to ‘make America great again.’ But what he means is ‘make America hate again.’”

“Traitor!” “Treason!”

It wasn’t just the mention of Omar that drew scorn from the crowd on Wednesday night. The mention of the other four Democratic congresswomen drew jeers from Trump’s supporters. According to WSJ, the mention of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib “drew a deafening round of boos and shouts of ‘traitor’ and ‘treason’ from the crowd.”

Omar quotes Maya Angelou

Responding to the chant that broke out at Trump’s rally, Omar quoted Maya Angelou, tweeting, “You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.” Omar later added on Twitter, “I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal!”

>> Related: On Wednesday morning, “The Squad” appeared on “CBS This Morning” for an interview with Gayle King, reacting to Trump’s attacks and denouncing them as a “distraction.”

Maddow: Trump’s racist outburst could be “new normal” until election day

Opening her show on Wednesday night, Rachel Maddow told her audience, “It has been another ‘can you believe it?’ day in news.” After filling in viewers on the chant that broke out at Trump’s rally, Maddow offered an unsettling thought: It’s “possible this is the new normal for the next year and a half.” She suggested Trump’s re-election strategy might just be to “stoke the outrage any way” he can, in an effort to galvanize his base.

Over on Fox..

While hosts and guests on other networks expressed shock at what happened, things were of course different on Fox. I tuned into Laura Ingraham’s program, and heard her excitedly exclaim, “The president was on fire!” And earlier in the evening, Tucker Carlson hosted a guest who bizarrely claimed the term “people of color” is a “racist term.” Truly an alternative news universe…

Snapshot of America

Perhaps one of the better snapshots of our dystopian state of current affairs comes via the Merriam-Webster. On Wednesday night, the dictionary tweeted, “Tonight’s top searches, in order: racism, socialism, fascism, concentration camp, xenophobia, bigot.”

Coverage set to enter day five

Often, with the chaotic news cycle, it can be hard for stories — even the explosive ones — to stick. That has not been the case with the racist comments Trump has directed at the four minority congresswomen. On Thursday, coverage of the comments will enter day number five.

Trump “views his attacks on the four congresswomen of color as an unbridled political success,” CNN’s Kevin Liptak and Kaitlan Collins reported on Wednesday. Indeed, Trump told reporters he’s