During her first days in place of work final month, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) outstanding herself from House Republicans’ MAGA faction by way of talking out towards then-President Donald Trump’s encouragement of the January 6 revolt, which she mentioned “wiped out” all of his accomplishments in place of work.
But fast-forward a month, and Mace is now engaged in a Trumpian effort to rewrite historical past.
On Thursday morning, Mace took to Twitter and accused Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) of mendacity right through an account of what she went thru on January 6 that she shared during an Instagram livestream previous this week.
Ocasio-Cortez mentioned that on that day, she feared for her lifestyles when she heard banging on doorways and somebody yelling, “Where is she?” whilst she concealed in a rest room. She concept the yelling could be coming from Trump-supporting rioters, simplest to later uncover that the commotion used to be in fact coming from a Capitol Police officer.
Mace mischaracterized Ocasio-Cortez’s account. While Ocasio-Cortez by no means in fact claimed rioters entered the place of work construction she and Mace percentage, Mace instructed she did, tweeting, “I’m two doorways down from @aoc and no insurrectionists stormed our hallway.”
Mace’s deceptive assault on Ocasio-Cortez illustrates how, within the lead-up to Trump’s impeachment trial subsequent week, Republicans are shamelessly seeking to weaponize the January 6 revolt towards Democrats. Instead of retaining Trump or Republicans who indulged his lies about election to account, Republicans like Mace who to begin with took the revolt critically have pivoted to attacking Democrats and arguing it’s time for the rustic to transport on.
Ocasio-Cortez, on the other hand, didn’t take Mace’s tweet mendacity down.
“Thought you’d be higher”
Ocasio-Cortez spoke back to Mace with a tweet accusing her of “a deeply cynical & disgusting assault,” noting that within the days following the rebellion, Mace herself did a sequence of interviews during which she said that the revolt created “an overly unhealthy scenario” for House individuals and put lives “in peril.”
As Ocasio-Cortez went on to notice, Mace tweeted on January 6 that her place of work used to be evacuated because of the rioting.
“Now you’re contradicting your individual account to assault me for Fox News clicks,” Ocasio-Cortez persevered. “It’s truthfully beautiful unhappy to look you flip round like this and throw other folks beneath the bus. Thought you’d be higher.”
Later Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez posted any other Twitter thread announcing she thinks it’s “Wild that @NancyMace is discrediting herself lower than 1 mo in place of work w/ such cheating assaults. She *went on file* announcing she barricaded in worry.”
“All I will bring to mind w/ other folks like her dishonestly claiming that survivors are exaggerating are the tales of veterans and survivors in my neighborhood who deny themselves care they want & deserve bc they internalize voices like hers announcing what they went thru ‘wasn’t unhealthy sufficient,’” added Ocasio-Cortez, who in her Instagram livestream additionally published that she’s a survivor of sexual attack.
Meanwhile, Mace persevered her deceptive Twitter assaults on Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter …
… after which went on Fox News for a softball interview the place she used to be allowed to mischaracterize Ocasio-Cortez’s phrases with impunity.
“I’m no longer going to cut price [Ocasio-Cortez’s] trauma,” Mace claimed at one level, even if the entire goal of the interview used to be to cut price Ocasio-Cortez’s trauma.
Foxworld is downplaying the revolt forward of Trump’s impeachment trial
Mace’s assault on Ocasio-Cortez comes whilst the Democrat’s Instagram livestream has been a big matter of dialog on Fox News. Ocasio-Cortez is being accused more than one instances an afternoon of embellishing her account of the way harrowing issues had been across the Capitol on January 6.
These assaults on Ocasio-Cortez are a part of a broader effort to preemptively justify no longer retaining Trump in command of the revolt right through his upcoming impeachment trial by way of downplaying January 6 as really not that big of a deal. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), for example, pushed aside the concept Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) who indulged Trump’s lies in regards to the election percentage within the accountability for January 6 as “ridiculous” right through a Fox News interview on Wednesday.
Boebert’s interview with Laura Ingraham got here two hours after Tucker Carlson used his Fox News display to downplay the revolt. Carlson mocked Ocasio-Cortez for fearing for her lifestyles, calling her account “crap,” and went so far as to disclaim that she used to be ever at risk.
“Trump citizens weren’t seeking to kill her,” Carlson claimed, even if movies of the mob make it moderately transparent any member of Congress who wasn’t doing Trump’s bidding was a target.
In fact, given the chaotic scenes of rioting and violence that spread out in and across the Capitol on January 6, it’s unexpected simplest 5 other folks died (no longer together with two officials who had been at the scene that day and feature since died by way of suicide). But now that the rustic is nearly a month and a presidential transition of energy got rid of from that day, Republicans are seeking to absolve themselves and their colleagues of any accountability by way of minimizing what took place.
With the advantage of hindsight, it’s simple for somebody like Mace who wasn’t a goal of the Trump mob to mention that Democratic elected officers in reality had not anything to worry. But that she’s doing so whilst deceptive other folks about what Ocasio-Cortez mentioned suggests she’s Trumpier than she to begin with could have gave the impression.