Rand Paul offers to buy Ilhan Omar a plane ticket to Somalia to ‘appreciate America more’


July 30, 2019


Photo: Bac Totrong | U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks Monday, July 22, 2019, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Amneal Pharmaceuticals in Glasgow, Ky. (Bac Totrong)/Daily News via AP) ** FILE **


By Bailey Vogt | The Washington Times


Sen. Rand Paul said in a clip released Saturday that he would chip in for a ticket to send Rep. Ilhan Omar back to Somalia to experience what a “disaster” of a country with no rights looks like.

Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican, said he’s met many refugees who love the U.S. for the opportunities it provides and said Ms. Omar’s criticisms of America are as “ungrateful as you can get.”

“While I’m not saying we forcibly send her anywhere, I’m willing to contribute to buy her a ticket to go visit Somalia,” Mr. Paul told Breitbart behind the scenes of last week’s Turning Point USA conference.

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

Mr. Paul’s comment echoes those made by President Trump earlier this month where he said Ms. Omar, Minnesota Democrat, and her “Squad” of congresswomen of color — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — should go back to their home countries if they dislike America so much.

Three were born in the U.S. and Ms. Omar, who was originally born in Somalia, has been a naturalized U.S. citizen for more than two decades.

Published Date: July 29, 2019

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