Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky performed the Heimlich maneuver on fellow Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa while she was choking Thursday, according to multiple reports.
The scary incident occurred during a Senate lunch, according to Fox News.
The Iowa senator thanked Paul on social media for his actions — and took a swipe at Democrats in the process.
“Can’t help but choke on the woke policies Dems are forcing down our throats,” Ernst wrote. “Thanks, Dr. @RandPaul!”
— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) November 30, 2023
CNN reported Ernst was hosting the lunch as it rotates among the states with the Thursday meal consisting of pork chops and ribeyes.
Before the incident, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa posted an image on X with Ernst and the food that was served.
Yummm an Iowa chop from Sen Ernst & the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association for lunch pic.twitter.com/dGYFaegwN4
— Chuck Grassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 30, 2023
Paul has been a doctor of ophthalmology since 1993, when he opened his first practice in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
CNN reported Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said