Things have gotten ugly between a handful of Republican congresswomen over bigoted remarks about a Democratic lawmaker. And while the GOP descends into chaos and recriminations, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy continues to silently look the other way.
At a recent campaign event, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) made up a story about being in an elevator with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), which she used to joke that Omar is a terrorist and called her part of the “Jihad Squad.” Earlier this month, Boebert falsely claimed that Omar married her own brother in a speech on the House floor in order to insult the Black, Muslim Congresswoman.
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After national outrage, Boebert said she would call Omar to apologize and settle their differences. But both women reported in on social media that the conversation did not end well, with Omar hanging up on Boebert.
Now Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Nancy Mace (R-SC) have entered the fray.
During an appearance on CNN, Mace said she “100 percent” condemned Boebert’s bigoted remarks, joining other Republican colleagues in distancing herself from the Colorado congresswoman.
That was too much for Greene, a close Boebert ally on the Hill. Both women are known for their mean-spirited publicity stunts, vile statements, and support for conspiracy theories online, as well as their vocal opposition to LGBTQ equality.
Greene once claimed that California wildfires were started by “lasers” in space connected to Jewish bankers.
“Nancy Mace is the trash in the GOP Conference,” Greene tweeted. “Never attacked by Democrats or RINOs (same thing) because she is not conservative, she’s pro-abort.”
“Mace you can back up off of @laurenboebert or just go hang with your real gal pals, the Jihad Squad. Your out of your league.”
Mace quickly responded, correcting Greene’s grammar mistake and factual inaccuracy of her position on abortion.
“What I’m not is a religious bigot (or racist). You might want to try that over there in your little ‘league,'” Mace wrote.
A short while later, using emoji, Mace tweeted, “This is what batshit crazy looks like.”
Mace isn’t far to the left of her party. She made transgender people serving in the military a campaign issue last year, running a television ad claiming that her Democratic opponent, former Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC), worked with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to pass “a law requiring transgendered [sic] equality in the military, a liberal mandate that will close [the Marine Corps base at] Parris Island.”
There is no such law; transgender people were not allowed to serve openly in the military when the ad was produced and that ban was lifted this year by the Biden administration without an act of Congress.
Mace also retweeted claims that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is a “Nancy boy,” which many speculated was a reference to rumors about Graham’s sexuality.
Despite saying that she is in favor of wearing masks, Mace made headlines earlier this year when she taunted Pelosi over the House’s mask mandate: “Madame Speaker, come and get me.”
The same day that Mace denounced the congresswoman, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) called Boebert out for her “high school-level” antics.
“This is a pox on all our houses,” he continued, referring to Boebert’s lack of professionalism. “We need to focus on the American people and solving their problems. That’s got to be the mission. But these types of rhetoric exchanges are very disappointing.”
“This is the institution of Congress, this is the people’s House and we have to respect each other. We can disagree. I am a proud Republican. I know colleagues on the other side who are proud Democrats. But it doesn’t mean we go into that chamber not united as Americans first.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a continual thorn in former President Donald Trump’s side and a frequent critic of the state of GOP politics, couldn’t resist jumping into the Twitter battle himself.
“I love this,” he tweeted, “but worth noting that while this battle between Nancy Mace and the unserious circus barker McSpaceLaser, @GOPLeader continues his silent streak that would make a monk blush.”
.@NancyMace is the trash in the GOP Conference.
Never attacked by Democrats or RINO’s (same thing) because she is not conservative, she’s pro-abort.
Mace you can back up off of @laurenboebert or just go hang with your real gal pals, the Jihad Squad.
Your out of your league.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) November 30, 2021
And, while I’m correcting you, I’m a pro-life fiscal conservative who was attacked by the Left all weekend (as I often am) as I defied China while in Taiwan.
What I’m not is a religious bigot (or racist). You might want to try that over there in your little “league.” https://t.co/nIbqjiJaFH
— Nancy Mace (@NancyMace) November 30, 2021
I love this, but worth noting that while this battle between Nancy Mace and the unserious circus barker McSpacelaser, @GOPLeader continues his silent streak that would make a monk blush. https://t.co/iqWJG9wMmo
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) November 30, 2021
MTG: Nancy Mace is "trash"
Mace: MTG is a "batshit clown"
Kinzinger: "Circus Barker McSpaceLaser"
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) November 30, 2021