Now that Liz Cheney has formally been ousted from Congress, Rep. Nancy Mace is settling into her old role as a Republican contrarian more than willing to buck her party, most recently with her defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar who could soon be booted off of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The South Carolina congresswoman who touts her humble beginnings as a former Waffle House worker has already become a media favorite and her standing up for the Minnesota Democrat will only serve to further burnish her credibility with liberals who adore opposition lawmakers who undermine GOP unity.
Mace offered up a particularly twisted rationale for allowing Omar to retain her seat on the powerful committee despite her ethical problems, a strong anti-Semitic streak and her proudly wearing of her anti-American sentiment like a badge of honor, conceding the points that she is a Jew-hating, socialist bigot while strongly suggesting that such traits should not be disqualifying.
“There’s a First Amendment in this country. We don’t have to agree with everything that members say,” Mace said on Friday when she was asked by Fox News on whether she backed Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy’s stated intention to ban her from the committee.
“I think we have to be very careful about what we are as a constitutional republic,” she said. “I am not a fan of Ilhan Omar. She’s an anti-Semite. She’s a bigot. She’s a racist. She’s a socialist. But that doesn’t mean that we cancel people in this country. Republicans don’t stand for cancel culture. And that’s essentially what this is.”
Rep. Mace also indicated that there are a “handful” of other GOP renegades who feel the same way about the Somali-born bomb-thrower, a charter member of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Squad.
“I think it sets a very dangerous precedent. And you know, there’s so much anti-Semitism in this country. We should be condemning it right and left as we always have, but there’s also the First Amendment right to do that,” she added. “We’re all talking about the Twitter files and conservatives being censored, you know, it’s, it’s, it seems pretty hypocritical if you ask me.”
Twitter users reacted to Mace’s peculiar defense strategy.
“This day keeps getting better. Why have someone on that Committee who obviously despises this country? Booting Rep. Omar off House Foreign Affairs Committee is ‘cancel culture,’ says GOP Rep. Mace,” wrote investigative journalist Lara Logan.
This day keeps getting better. Why have someone on that Committee who obviously despises this country? Booting Rep. Omar off House Foreign Affairs Committee is 'cancel culture,' says GOP Rep. Mace | Fox News https://t.co/c6kxTcZr3L
— Lara Logan (@laralogan) January 28, 2023
Other users also served up their takes.
Mace sees an opening to be the most useless idiot for the Left with Kinzinger gone
— AOCrazio (@ao_crazio) January 28, 2023
Little miss Mace needs to worry less about jockeying for TV time and getting important things done. And when she’s earned the position of power to make those types of decisions she can.
— Joe needs a ride to the train station. (@ImForFreedom1) January 28, 2023
Mace has turned out to be a huge disappointment much like her advocate Niki Hailey.
— J T (@JTfloridaNow) January 28, 2023
Another stupid statement from an America Last Rep.@IlhanMN is openly anti-American, an anti-Semite, and entered this country under false pretenses.
This has nothing to do with cancel culture, she simply doesn’t belong in Congress.
— Martin’s Tweets (@Dems_Free_Zone) January 28, 2023
Mace is another type of Romney in training.
— Rey P. (@PutButMAX714) January 28, 2023
Nancy Mace would sell out every constituent and bend the knee to the Swamp for a lifetime seat in Congress
She’s well on her way
— Factotum (@emery__bored) January 29, 2023
@RepNancyMace with all due respect, there is a difference in 1A and belittling the country you represent. I can have my 1A at my company, but be fired in a if I trashed them on social media. You are confused. Omar should lose more than committee post. She is owed nothing.
— Boughregard (@boughregard) January 29, 2023
Omar blasted McCarthy as a racist while playing the victim over the prospect of losing her committee seat.
“As the only African born, not being on the Africa subcommittee is not just an elimination of a unique voice but an elimination of all the voices that have never been heard on a committee on the continent. It’s racist, xenophobic and discriminatory,” she wrote on Twitter.
As the only African born, not being on the Africa subcommittee is not just an elimination of a unique voice but an elimination of all the voices that have never been heard on a committee on the continent.
It’s racist, xenophobic and discriminatory.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 26, 2023
“So I’m going to read the resolution. We haven’t seen it. I’m going to read it before I make that final decision next week. But we’ve been asking for it, and it hasn’t been released to public yet,” Mace told Fox News.
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