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Sen. Rand Paul: I’d help fund ticket to send Omar to Somalia

July 30, 2019
FILE - In this July 22, 2019, file photo, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a ribbon cutting for Amneal Pharmaceuticals in Glasgow, Ky. Republican Sen. Paul says he’d help pay for a minority congresswoman to return to the country she fled as a child, saying she might better appreciate the U.S. upon her return. The Courier Journal reports the Kentucky senator made the comment to the Breitbart News, a conservative news outlet. It was directed at Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who fled Somalia during a civil war. It echoes the president’s comment that four congresswomen should return to the “crime infested places” they came from.(Bac Totrong/Daily News via AP)
FILE - In this July 22, 2019, file photo, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a ribbon cutting for Amneal Pharmaceuticals in Glasgow, Ky. Republican Sen. Paul says he’d help pay for a minority congresswoman to return to the country she fled as a child, saying she might better appreciate the U.S. upon her return. The Courier Journal reports the Kentucky senator made the comment to the Breitbart News, a conservative news outlet. It was directed at Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who fled Somalia during a civil war. It echoes the president’s comment that four congresswomen should return to the “crime infested places” they came from.(Bac Totrong/Daily News via AP)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul says he’d help pay for a minority congresswoman to return to the country she fled as a child, saying she might better appreciate the U.S. upon her return.

The Courier Journal reports the Kentucky senator made the comment last week to Breitbart News, a conservative news outlet. It was directed at Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who fled Somalia in the 1990s during a civil war.

The sentiment echoes President Donald Trump , who tweeted this month that Omar and three other minority congresswomen should return to the “broken and crime infested places” they came from. All four are U.S. citizens.

Louisiana Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham has said he’d pay for the women to leave, if only they’d tell him where they’d like to go.

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Information from: Courier Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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