Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar retweeted a suggestion Monday that Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul deserved to be violently assaulted by his next-door neighbor.
The tweet in question was posted by Tom Arnold, Roseanne Barr’s ex-husband, who was responding to Paul’s assertion that Omar would be more grateful to live in America if she visited her home country Somalia more often.
“After she’s visited Somalia she might come back and appreciate America more,” Paul said in a recent interview.
Arnold replied, “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.”
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 https://t.co/jnZocmV9Pu
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) July 28, 2019
Omar retweeted Arnold’s tweet.
Paul was tackled from behind by his next-door neighbor, 59-year-old Rene Boucher, while mowing his lawn in November 2017. Paul suffered 6 broken ribs and a pleural effusion during the attack and had to take time away from Congress.
Boucher pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge and was sentenced to 30 days in prison, and Paul was given $580,000 in damages.
Several left-wing commentators and politicians mocked Paul after the attack, asserting that he either deserved to be seriously injured or that the assault proves that he is weak.
Omar has previously complained that she has received more death threats since President Donald Trump criticized the freshman Democratic “squad,” and accused Republican Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw of inciting violence against her by criticizing her comments about America.
Omar’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sergio Gor, communications director for Paul, called the retweet “shameful behavior,” adding, “We should never tolerate violence or promote it!”
Shameful behavior from one of the LEADING voices & faces of the dem party. Why is @IlhanMN retweeting this abhorrent tweet? We should never tolerate violence or promote it! @IlhanMN @TomArnold pic.twitter.com/mDh3Lb9LsL
— Sergio Gor (@SergioGor) July 29, 2019