Rand Paul says he would help pay for ticket to send Omar to Somalia

Rand Paul says he would help pay for ticket to send Omar to Somalia
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSunday Talk Shows: Lawmakers look ahead to House vote on articles of impeachment, Senate trial Pentagon to take bigger role in vetting foreign students after Pensacola shooting Overnight Defense: House passes compromise defense bill | Turkey sanctions advance in Senate over Trump objections | Top general says military won't be 'raping, burning and pillaging' after Trump pardons MORE (R-Ky.) offered to help purchase plane tickets for Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (D-Minn.) to visit Somalia, saying it might make her “appreciate America more.” 

Paul, in an interview with the right-wing website Breitbart last week, called the freshman congresswoman “about as ungrateful as you can get.” 

“And so — I’m willing to contribute to buy her a ticket to go visit Somalia, and I think she can look and maybe learn a little bit about the disaster that is Somalia — that has no capitalism, has no God-given rights guaranteed in a constitution, and has about seven different tribes that have been fighting each other for the last 40 years,” the senator said. 

“And then maybe after she’s visited Somalia for a while, she might come back and appreciate America more.”

Omar came to the U.S. as a refugee with her family from Somalia. She became the first Somali American elected to state office in Minnesota, and in 2018 she again made history as the first Somali American, as well as one of the first two Muslim women, elected to Congress.

An Omar spokesperson declined to comment in response to Paul’s Breitbart interview. 

Omar was recently attacked by President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE in tweets directed at her and three fellow freshman Democrats, all of who are women of color, telling them to “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” 

The tweets, which Trump has doubled down on, were widely denounced as racist by Democrats and some Republicans. 

After the tweets, at a rally in North Carolina, the crowd chanted “send her back” when the president mentioned the congresswoman.

The president paused during the chant, only continuing his speech when it died down.

He later said he did not agree with the chant and tried to quell it.