Sen. Paul Offers to Buy Rep. Omar a Plane Ticket 'To Go Visit Somalia'

By Michael W. Chapman | July 30, 2019 | 4:21pm EDT
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Echoing President Donald Trump's July 14 tweet about the anti-American views of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and his suggesiton that if she doesn't like America she can leave, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that Omar, a naturalized citizen from Somalia, is "about as ungrateful as you can get." He added that he is willing to help buy her a ticket to visit her homeland so she can "learn a little bit about the disaster that is Somalia."

In  a July 26 interview with Bretibart News reporter Alana Mastrangelo, Sen. Paul said, “I'm in a town [in Kentucky] where a lot of people are refugees who come, some from Somalia, some from Bosnia. I've never heard one of them say America is a terrible place or be unappreciative of our country. Most of them are thankful."

"I’ve met people who have come here from behind the Iron Curtain," he said.  "They got away from communism. They’re some of the best Americans we have because they really appreciate how great our country is -- and then I hear Representative Omar [D-Minn.] say America is a terrible place, there's no justice here."

Paul continued, “Well, she came here and we fed her, we clothed her, she got welfare, she got school, she got healthcare. And then, lo and behold, she has the honor of actually winning a seat in Congress, and she says we’re a terrible country?"

"I think that’s about as ungrateful as you can get," said the senator. 

“And so, while I'm not saying we forcibly send her anywhere, I’m willing to contribute to buy her a ticket to go visit Somalia,” he said.

"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," said the senator. 

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

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), 36, is from Mogadishu, Somalia. She was given asylum in the United States in 1995 and became a U.S. citizen in 2000. She has been married twice and has three children. 

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