Republican Sen. Rand Paul is offering to buy Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar a plane ticket to visit her home country of Somalia to learn to be more grateful for living in the United States, Yahoo reports.
Omar is one of four congresswomen — known as “The Squad” — who President Donald Trump told to “go back” to their ancestors’ countries instead of criticizing U.S. policies.
A few days later, Trump held a campaign rally in North Carolina where the crowd chanted “send her back” when the president spoke of Omar, a Somalian refugee who came to the U.S. as a child.
Trump condemned the chant when later asked by reporters but then called those who attended the rally “patriots” in subsequent comments.
“I’m not saying we forcibly send her anywhere,” Paul said in an interview last week with Breitbart News, a conservative-leaning outlet. “I’m willing to contribute to buy her a ticket to go visit Somalia. I think she can look and maybe learn a little bit about the disaster that is Somalia.”
The Kentucky Republican then criticized the East African country for having “no capitalism” or “God-given rights” under in a constitution. He said Omar “might come back and appreciate America more” after visiting Somalia. Read more at Yahoo News.