Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) used the Heimlich maneuver to save Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) from choking Thursday at a weekly Republican senators luncheon.
The Kentucky senator sprang into action when he noticed his senate colleague from Iowa was choking on her food. Sen. Paul, who is a medical doctor specializing in ophthalmology, may have saved Sen. Ernst from a more serious incident with his quick response and knowledge of how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on a choking person.
JUST IN: Senator Rand Paul reportedly saved Senator Joni Ernst's life today by performing the Heimlich maneuver on her during lunch.
Paul jumped into action after he noticed that 53-year old Ernst was choking.
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After everyone at the lunch event recovered their composure from the brief scare, Dr. Paul addressed the other attendees to teach them how to tell if someone is choking, according to Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), who was present at the luncheon. Paul informed the others present that the Capitol offers first aid classes with Heimlich maneuver training.
Referring to the choking scare and quick response from Paul, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said, “I didn’t actually see it. We’ve had that happen one other time to one of our members. It’s kind of scary.” Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) joked, “God bless Rand Paul. I never thought I would say that.”
The entire incident took place just before 11 a.m. Thursday at a Republican Senate luncheon. Host duties for the weekly meeting rotate among senators and allow them to showcase food from their different states. It happened to be Sen. Ernst’s turn this week. She brought ribeye steaks and giant pork chops to the meeting.
A staffer from Ernst’s office informed CNN the senator was doing okay shortly after the incident. Later that day Sen. Ernst joked about it and took a swipe at her Democrat colleagues in a post on X.com that said, “Can’t help but choke on the woke policies Dems are forcing down our throats.” She also thanked Sen. Paul for assisting her.
— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) November 30, 2023
Paul would happen to agree about woke policies forced on Americans by his Democrat colleagues in Congress. He lamented a day before the luncheon, “Bidenomics is costing Kentuckians an extra $9,784 a year just to get by.”