Far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) promoted a tweet that appeared to celebrate the violent attack that befell Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in 2017, when Paul’s home neighbor attacked him and broke six of his ribs.
Paul was attacked at his home by his neighbor in November 2017 and was awarded more than $580,000 in damages and medical expenses this year as a result of the attack, Politico reported. Paul’s neighbor was sentenced to a month in prison, was fined $10,000, and was forced to serve 100 hours of community service.
Republican strategist Andrew Surabian noticed the tweet that Omar promoted on her Twitter account to over 1.4 million followers.
Omar retweeted leftist Tom Arnold, who wrote on Twitter: “Imagine being Rand Paul’s next door neighbor and having to deal with @RandPaul lying cowardly circular whiney bullcrap about lawn clippings. No wonder he ripped his toupee off.”
Surabian took a screenshot of Omar retweeting Arnold’s tweet, writing: “Wow, it appears @IlhanMN is celebrating/calling for violence against @RandPaul. I hope every Democrat and Republican in Congress, as well as members of the media have the courage to call this out. Calls for political violence should never be tolerated, regardless of Party.”
Donald Trump Jr. quickly weighed in on the matter, writing: “Congresswoman Ilhan Omar retweeting calls for political violence against @randpaul. I’m not surprised, and look forward to the forthcoming silence from the media on the issue.”
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) called out Omar on Twitter, writing: “Ilhan Omar’s brilliant Monday idea is RTing this celebration of a violent physical assault on a fellow Member of Congress who was actually attacked. Incredibly gross.”
“All good w you @SpeakerPelosi?” Zeldin added. “Aren’t you right next to her right now on a CODEL abroad? Do something. Speak! Hold your own Members to the same standards you love to hold others.”
Arnold’s tweet came in response to a tweet from far-left Mehdi Hasan, who works for Qatari-owned Al Jazeera, who attempted to spin comments that Paul had made about Omar.
Hasan tweeted: “1) Paul claims Omar called America a ‘terrible country’. She never said it. A lie. 2) Paul hails America’s refugee record, ignoring the Muslim ban. 2) Omar has visited Somalia more than Paul has – & knows far more about it. 3) Paul’s dad published a white nationalist news letter.”
Paul was calling out Omar for her attitude toward the United States, saying: “I’m in a town where we have a lot of people who are refugees who have 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,” Paul continued. “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 say America is a terrible place.”
“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?” Paul added. “I think that’s about as ungrateful as you can get.”
Paul concluded: “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 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.”