GOP Rep. Nancy Mace said that Trump ‘put all of our lives at risk’ during the Capitol riots, but rejected impeachment, calling the process ‘rushed’

Nancy Mace
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-South Carolina).

  • Freshman GOP Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina said on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s actions related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots “put all of our lives at risk.”
  • “We feared for our lives, many of us that day, and our staff,” she said. “My children were supposed to be up there. If they had been there like they were supposed to be, I would have been devastated, so we do need to find a way to hold the president accountable.”
  • Despite calling out Trump’s conduct, Mace voted against impeachment, calling the process “rushed.”
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Freshman GOP Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina, who has been sharply critical of President Donald Trump’s handling of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, said on Sunday that his actions related to the deadly attack “put all of our lives at risk.”

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mace brought up a bipartisan push to censure Trump that could have been an alternative to the second impeachment of the president, which cleared the House of Representatives 232-197, with ten Republican votes.

Despite calling out Trump’s conduct, she voted against impeachment, describing the process as “rushed” and saying it didn’t give the president due process.

“With censure, that was one of the things that I believe we should have had up for debate,” Mace said. “It’s complex, constitutionally, but there were folks in both chambers and in both parties having the ability to look at that as an option, but we couldn’t even bring it up for debate or look at that as an option because we were really trying hard to figure out how do we hold a president accountable that put all of our lives at risk?”

She described the riots, which resulted in the deaths of five people, as “a traumatic event” for many members.

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“We feared for our lives, many of us that day, and our staff,” she said. “My children were supposed to be up there. If they had been there like they were supposed to be, I would have been devastated, so we do need to find a way to hold the president accountable.”

Mace was then asked about members who continued to object to the presidential election results after the riots, including the top two GOP leaders in the House, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

“I will tell you for me, as a new member, it was enormously disappointing,” she said. “I literally had to walk through a crime scene where that young woman [Ashli Babbitt] was shot and killed to get into the chamber to vote that night to certify what was supposed to be a ceremonial vote to certify the Electoral College. Yet my colleagues continued to object, and they knew this was a failing motion.”

On Jan. 7, Mace said on CNN that that Trump’s “entire legacy was wiped out” in the aftermath of the Capitol riots.

“We’ve got to start over,” she stressed at the time. “We don’t have the ground that we need to push forward and do the things that we need to do to be successful and work for and be the voice for hard-working Americans that believed in his message. We cannot condone the violence … We’ve got to rebuild our nation and rebuild our party.”

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First-term GOP Rep. Peter Meijer says he ‘may very well have’ ended his political career by voting to impeach Trump

Peter Meijer
Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Michigan).

  • GOP Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan said on Sunday that he might have ended his political future by voting to impeach President Donald Trump.
  • During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos asked Meijer if he potentially damaged his career beyond repair in joining nine of his Republican colleagues in voting to remove Trump from office.
  • “I may very well have,” Meijer said. “But I think it’s also important that we have elected leaders who are not thinking solely about what’s in their individual self-interest, not what is going to be politically expedient, but what we actually need for the country.”
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GOP Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan, who has been in office for less than a month, said on Sunday that he might have ended his political future by voting to impeach President Donald Trump.

During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos asked Meijer if he potentially damaged his career beyond repair in joining nine of his Republican colleagues in voting to remove a president from his own party from office.

“I may very well have,” Meijer said. “But I think it’s also important that we have elected leaders who are not thinking solely about what’s in their individual self-interest, not what is going to be politically expedient, but what we actually need for the country.”

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He added: “Impeaching a president was nothing that we ever hoped to do. Many of us deliberated deeply. This was not as easy as just saying what is in our best political interest, but, frankly, looking at the evidence, looking at the facts of the case, reading the article and asking, is this true by our own experience, by our lived experience? And it was.”

 

On Jan. 14, Trump was impeached by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives for “incitement of insurrection” of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, making him the sole president in US history to be impeached twice.

Meijer, who revealed last week that he and other colleagues purchased body armor due to death threats over the impeachment vote, said the Capitol riots went against Trump’s legislative achievements.

“I think it’s time that we acknowledge that what happened on January 6 was a betrayal of what had been accomplished over the past four years, that it was a culmination of a politics that at all too often fanned flames, rather than focusing on building and governing,” said Meijer.

When asked if the GOP should look past Trump, Meijer contended that the president brought “change” to Washington DC, but that he was unable to control his impulses.

“You know, the president brought some necessary energy,” Meijer said. “He brought some necessary ideas. He shook the tree. He was a change agent. The challenge was that he didn’t know when to stop, and he didn’t draw the line.”

He added: “To me, political violence is the line that we must draw.”

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