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‘I Know What It’s Like’: Ben Carson Fires Back At Ilhan Omar Over ‘Sleep’ Barb

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Peter Hasson Senior Reporter

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Dr. Ben Carson traded barbs with Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar over Carson’s testimony before a House committee.

Omar took a shot at Carson for his response to Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley in a hearing Tuesday. During a tense exchange, Carson dodged Pressley’s answer by saying he was “reclaiming [his] time.”

“Not sure he was fully awake, maybe he meant to reclaim his time back to sleep,” Omar wrote in a tweet Tuesday evening.

Carson fired back Wednesday in a tweet directed at Omar.

“Since you brought it up … I know what it’s like to actually be sleepy, especially after 18-hour surgeries and operating on babies in the womb,” Carson, a former pediatric neurosurgeon, wrote.

“I hope @IlhanMN knows I care about all people, even those she doesn’t recognize as having a right to life,” he added.

Carson, who is pro-life, appeared to be referencing Omar’s broad support for legal abortion. (RELATED: Democrats Say Alabama Is Killing People By Banning Abortion)

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Carson also battled with Democratic California Rep. Katie Porter during Tuesday’s hearing.

Porter quizzed Carson on whether he knew what the acronym REO — real estate owned properties — meant.

Carson thought Porter said, “Oreo,” the cookie snack.

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