Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he’s willing to contribute to travel expenses for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) to visit Somalia so she would “appreciate America more.”
“I’m in a town where we have a lot of people who are refugees. Some come from Somalia, some from Bosnia. I’ve never heard one of them say that America is a terrible place or be unappreciative of our country. Most of them are thankful,” Paul told Breitbart News this week.
Paul joined President Donald Trump earlier this month in criticizing Omar for her “bitterness and anger toward the country.”
“I think she does deserve a rebuke over trying to say we have a rotten country,” Paul said of Trump’s comments, according to the Washington Examiner. “I’m sort of dumbfounded how unappreciative she is of our country.”
The Kentucky senator elaborated on those comments when speaking with reporters from Breitbart News this week.
“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,” Paul said.
“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 and I think she could maybe learn a little bit about the disaster that is Somalia that has no capitalism. It has no God-given rights guaranteed in a constitution. And it has about seven different tribes that have been fighting each other for the last 40 years,” he continued. “And then maybe after she’s visited Somalia for a while, she might come back and appreciate America more.”
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