Republican Representative Nancy Mace (SC), who still claims to support former President Donald Trump’s policies in a heated primary battle, trashed him in a text exchange with a former supporter following the riot of January 6 last year.
In messages obtained by Breitbart News, Mace said she will ‘never forgive’ the former president after the Jan. 6 riot while claiming his ‘life was in danger because of the president’s words and actions’. .
“My life was threatened because of the president’s words and actions. Words have consequences,” Mace emailed a former supporter, who leaked the messages to Breitbart News. “I cannot explain or excuse the violent attack on our Capitol … I had to walk through a crime scene to vote last night,” Mace continued.
“Unacceptable. Indefensible,” she added, while blaming some of her fellow Republican lawmakers for the events in January 2021, the text messages revealed.
She wrote that the riot happened “because of the rhetoric [Trump] and some of my fellow Republicans were using in the days leading up to this event.
However, what the MP conveyed in her private conversations differs from the public remarks she made at the time – which never went as far as the language used in the text messages.
The congresswoman, who was backed by Trump in 2020 when she successfully unseated Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC), publicly turned on the former president days after the riot.
During an appearance on MSNBC Meet the press, she used the line on the march through a crime scene to vote and how it was ‘extremely disappointing’ to see her party leadership and nearly 150 of her fellow Republicans vote to still not certify the election, in as a freshman member.
Her public remarks drew the ire of Trump, who called her a “treason,” in the days that followed.
Despite all this, in February 2022, Mace appeared to pull a 180 as she traveled to New York City to stand in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue for record campaign video about her support for the former president – the same person she says ‘threatened her life’ a year earlier and whom she told she ‘would never forgive’.
— Nancy Mace (@NancyMace) February 10, 2022
Trump threw his support behind Mace’s main challenger, Katie Arrington, following her comments and many Republicans in her district turned against her.
And in April 2022, amid a heated primary battle, Trump-backed Arrington called Mace a hypocrite for trying to tout the former president’s border and vaccine policies in a campaign ad seeking to score. points with his base before the primary.
In response to the announcement, Arrington campaign spokesman Chris D’Anna thanked the MP for pointing out her hypocrisy in a statement to Breitbart News.
“Nancy Mace’s new ad shows how much the DC swamp controls her,” D’Anna said. “She must think voters are either stupid or have short memories because not too long ago she appeared on Fox and CNN on the same day, hours apart and wearing the same outfit, to spit out two different answers about COVID vaccines.”
“Politicians go ‘politicians,’ but low country voters know there’s self-serving betrayal when they see one,” D’Anna added, pointing to last year when Mace also flip-flopped on live television.
Emma-Jo Morris, political editor of Breitbart News, contributed to this report.