If there’s one thing we’ve learned this week about freshman Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), it’s that she is not in the mood to play games with “The Squad” – not now, not ever.
She hasn’t backed down in the midst of unfounded, unhinged attacks from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in their dispute over AOC’s questionable recounting of her experiences during the Capitol riots, and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) felt the heat after trying unsuccessfully to pick a fight with Mace earlier today on Twitter.
Oddly enough and in the midst of everything that has happened in Washington, D.C., just over the last 12 hours, it all started after a tweet Mace posted yesterday criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) recent comments about how the “enemy is within the House of Representatives.” Pelosi was talking about first-term Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and the Republican members of Congress who want to be able to bring guns on the House floor:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that House members can pay for additional security measures with their congressional allowances, and said the House would likely need to pass additional funding for member safety because “the enemy is within the House of Representatives.”
Asked what she meant by “the enemy is within,” the California Democrat said, “It means that we have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”
Mace took strong issue with the comments, calling such talk “reckless” and “irresponsible”:
Members threatening other Members is unacceptable. Period.
But Speaker Pelosi’s “enemy within” talk is reckless, particularly given her position. We can’t escalate every disagreement to apocalyptic levels. This is irresponsible, but unsurprising. https://t.co/EU1SL3HEGN
— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) February 3, 2021
Nearly 24 hours after Mace posted the tweet and as Mace was in the midst of owning AOC, Omar chimed in by scolding Mace and playing the victim card:
The definition of the “enemy within” is Members who pose a threat to other Members. It’s not a reckless statement.
We literally have a member who harassed @RashidaTlaib and I, tried to force us to swear on a Bible and held a gun over our heads in campaign ads.
Get it together. https://t.co/DfkoLPMzdL
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 4, 2021
Mace barely broke a sweat later in response, slyly reminding Omar of her past anti-Semitic statements:
Oh, hi, Rep. Omar! Last time we spoke I was calling you out for your anti 🇮🇱 nonsense.
Good to be reacquainted. Judge a woman by her enemies they say… https://t.co/vbSErnDPoc
— Nancy Mace (@NancyMace) February 4, 2021
All that was missing was the mic literally dropping.
On a related note concerning comparisons of MTG to Omar, here’s my .02 on the matter:
Say what you want about MTG, but by taking this step she’s done far more to atone for her past inflammatory statements than “Squad” members and media darlings Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. https://t.co/9zFpD9tzyP
— Sister Toldjah, VP of BS Detection 😁 (@sistertoldjah) February 4, 2021
Not only that, but also consider this: Republicans were quick to strip Rep. Steve King (R-IA) of his committee assignments in 2019 after he questioned why there was a negative meaning to the term “white supremacist.” Two months later, after Omar had been caught making numerous anti-Semitic remarks, Democrats let her skate and did not strip her of any committee assignments. She continues to be treated like a rock star by the party (and the media) to this day.
It’s little wonder most House Republicans decided not to play that game again tonight. Can’t say as I blame them.