Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) (shown above at right) on Monday appeared to call for violence against a fellow member of Congress when she retweeted a suggestion that Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky deserved to be viciously assaulted by his neighbor.
The original tweet came from Roseanne Barr’s ex-husband, Tom Arnold — who was responding to Paul’s recent comments that Omar might appreciate America more if she had the opportunity to visit her home country of Somalia.
“After she’s visited Somalia, she might come back and appreciate America more,” Paul said during a recent interview.
Arnold tweeted in reply, “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.”
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.
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) July 29, 2019
And Omar actually retweeted Arnold’s tweet about Sen. Paul.
Yes, you read that right.
In November 2017, while he was mowing his lawn, Paul suffered an attack by his next-door neighbor, 59-year-old Rene Boucher.
The physical attack resulted in six broken ribs and a pleural effusion.
Boucher later pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge. He received a 30-day prison sentence and paid Paul was given $580,000 in damages.
A number of left-wing commentators mocked Paul after his assault, including Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison Lundergran Grimes, who reportedly joked about the incident that the senator could “be beaten.”
Alison Lundergan Grimes on Rand Paul: “Just ask his neighbor. He can be beaten.”
— Adam Beam (@adambeam) August 4, 2018
Now, apparently Omar somehow thinks it’s funny, too.
Donald Trump Jr. came to Paul’s defense after Omar’s retweet.
“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,” he tweeted.
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. pic.twitter.com/r9BQloVoL9
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 29, 2019
The media will no doubt be silent.
What makes Omar’s apparent endorsement of violence against Paul even more befuddling is this point: She is the same congresswoman who previously complained that she’s received more death threats since President Donald Trump began criticizing her and her fellow “squad” members — Democrat Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York (above left at the top of this article), Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Omar even claimed that criticism of her by Republican Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw incite violence.
So now is she somehow calling for or agreeing with violence against a U.S. senator?
Can you imagine if any Republican called for the opposite? The howling from the Left and mainstream media would be non-stop.
As of this writing, Omar has yet to comment on the retweet, but what can she really say, in our view? It is not only hypocritical but indefensible.
Sen. Paul’s communications director Sergio Gor tweeted, “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!”
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
Violence should not be tolerated and should never be promoted.
It’s a lesson Ilhan Omar, if she has a conscience, should take to heart.
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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