Sen. Joni Ernst choked on food during a closed-door Republican lunch on Thursday and was rescued by fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who performed the Heimlich maneuver on her.
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Ernst, from Iowa, later said she was OK and confirmed a reporter's account of the choking episode on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, replying to the reporter's post describing what happened to her with a tongue-in-cheek caption.
"Can’t help but choke on the woke policies Dems are forcing down our throats. Thanks, Dr.@RandPaul!" Ernst posted atop one from Politico reporter Burgess Everett describing the choking incident.
Paul is a medical doctor whose focus is in ophthalmology.
The Thursday Senate Republican lunch is hosted by a different senator each week, and usually showcases food from the hosting senator's home state.
Thursday's lunch was hosted by Ernst.
Yummm an Iowa chop from Sen Ernst & the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association for lunch pic.twitter.com/dGYFaegwN4— Chuck Grassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 30, 2023
GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, Ernst's Iowa colleague, posted a photo of the two of them holding up chops of steak from the Iowa Cattlemen's Association.