Rand Paul Performs Heimlich Maneuver on Joni Ernst

 December 1, 2023

In an unexpected turn of events, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) came to the rescue of his fellow senator during a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol this Thursday.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) found herself in distress, choking during a meal, only to be saved by the quick thinking and action of Sen. Paul.

Sen. Ernst, who was hosting the luncheon for fellow Republicans, took to X, the platform previously known as Twitter, to express her gratitude to Sen. Paul. The luncheon, a regular event that features a different host each week and local dishes from their home state, was momentarily disrupted by the incident.

Ernst’s Humorous Take on the Incident

Ernst displayed her sense of humor when she commented on the incident on X. In her post, she used the incident as a metaphor for her political stance, subtly criticizing the policies of the Democrats.

A spokesperson for Ernst’s office referred to her online post when asked to comment on the incident. The post read, “Can’t help but choke on the woke policies Dems are forcing down our throats.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) shared a photograph from the luncheon. The photo displayed Ernst and himself enjoying a meal, which he mentioned was sourced from a state cattlemen’s association.

Colleagues Express Relief and Gratitude

The incident elicited responses from various members of Congress, transcending the usual partisan boundaries. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), known for his occasional disagreements with Senator Paul, was among those who commended Paul's quick actions. "God bless Rand Paul," Senator Graham reportedly said, a statement reflecting the unexpected unity such incidents can foster among political adversaries.

Iowa Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R), also medically trained, echoed the sentiment of gratitude and relief. Her response highlighted the importance of having medical professionals within the legislative body.

“Thank God we have doctors in Congress. So grateful that @SenRandPaul was able to intervene and that @SenJoniErnst is okay,” Miller-Meeks posted on X.

Despite the dramatic unfolding of events, Senator Paul's office has not yet responded to questions regarding the incident.

Doctors in Congress Prove Their Worth

The incident underscores the value of having medical professionals among the ranks of our lawmakers. Sen. Paul, being an ophthalmologist by training, proved that his medical skills extend beyond his professional specialty.

Sen. Ernst, on being saved by her colleague, demonstrated her resilience by quickly recovering and continuing with the luncheon.

As the dust settles on this incident, it's clear that the quick thinking and action of Sen. Paul prevented a potential tragedy during an otherwise friendly gathering of colleagues.


  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) performed the Heimlich maneuver on Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) during a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol.
  • Ernst expressed gratitude to Paul on X, using the incident to critique Democratic policies.
  • The luncheon was hosted by Ernst for fellow Republicans and featured local dishes from their home state.
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Iowa Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R) praised Paul for his quick action.
  • The incident highlighted the value of having medical professionals in Congress.

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