Republican Sen. Rand Paul offered to buy Rep. Ilhan Omar a ticket to visit Somalia so “she might come back and appreciate America more”
The offer was given during an interview with Brietbart News
“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,” Paul, who represents Kentucky, 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.”
“And then maybe after she’s visited Somalia for a while, she might come back and appreciate America more,” he added.
Paul’s comments were in defense of President Trump’s tweets about Omar and her three freshman Democratic colleagues in the House — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.
Trump called for them to “go back to totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Omar, who represents Minnesota in Congress, was born in Somalia but fled the African country with her parents when she was 12 and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.
She and her family came to the US in 1992 and she became a naturalized citizen.
Paul went on in the interview to say that he’s met people in Kentucky who were refugees from Somalia and from Bosnia, but “most of them were grateful.”
“I’ve met people who have come here from behind the Iron Curtain, that got away from communism,” he said. “They’re some of the best Americans we have, because they really appreciate how great our country is.”
Omar, by contrast, is “about as ungrateful as you can get,” Paul said.
“And then I hear Rep. Omar say, ‘Oh, America’s a terrible place! I thought there’d be justice, and there’s no justice here,’” Paul said. “It’s like, 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?”