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 PaulTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.) offered to help purchase plane tickets for Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMatt Gaetz, Roger Stone back far-right activist Laura Loomer in congressional bid The Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges 'This already exists': Democrats seize on potential Trump executive order on preexisting conditions 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 TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection 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.