- Rep. Nancy Mace defended Kevin McCarthy’s leadership of the House GOP amid attacks by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
- “These … QAnon members of the conference, they’re never going to listen to leadership,” she said.
- Mace also said some of her colleagues are “not normal in any way, shape, or form.”
Rep. Nancy Mace on Wednesday continued her feud with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy brokered a meeting between the two Republican congresswomen after they got into a day-long Twitter spat.
The dispute centered around Mace’s condemnation of Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Islamophobic comments about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. According to CNN, Mace and Greene met in McCarthy’s office on Tuesday where he chastised the pair and urged them to put an end to the tension.
Mace was asked about the dispute at a separate event about cannabis legislation that she has sponsored. Asked whether McCarthy was “giving a green light” to some of the more extreme members of the caucus, the South Carolina congresswoman defended the Republican leader.
“I mean, he’s trying to do his best, but you know some of these … QAnon members of the conference, they’re never going to listen to leadership, and they’re not normal in any way shape or form,” Mace said.
“The leadership has done a good job of trying to, I think, rein that in, but at some point, I mean, you know, she’s out of control and totally unhinged,” the South Carolina lawmaker added.
Mace also publicly condemned racism and bigotry — no matter which party it comes from.
“I won’t tolerate members on either side of the aisle, or even within my own party, who are racist, who promote bigotry — religious bigotry or otherwise — or anti-Semitism,” she said.
Following their fractious meeting on Tuesday, Greene told reporters that she and former President Donald Trump would back a primary challenger to Mace, who was one of 10 Republicans that voted to impeach Trump in January.
“All I can say about Marjorie Taylor Greene is bless her fucking heart,” Mace told reporters after that meeting.
Reached for comment, Greene’s office sent Insider a statement that said: “Congresswoman Greene has said what she needed to say and is focused on stopping the Democrats’ Communist agenda. Nancy Mace should do the same.”
McCarthy has faced pressure from the right flank of his caucus as members like Greene have sought to exact punishment on the 13 Republicans who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Last week, she said on Rep. Matt Gaetz’s podcast that McCarthy doesn’t have the votes to become Speaker of the House if Republicans retake the lower chamber in 2022.
McCarthy’s congressional office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.