A Republican freshman congresswoman sworn in just days before President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol argued Thursday that the deadly siege had “wiped out” his administration’s legacy and any accomplishments he had achieved over the last four years.
In an interview on CNN, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) fiercely condemned the violence that unfolded the previous day across the Capitol complex, which resulted in four deaths and both chambers of Congress being forced into lockdown after pro-Trump rioters breached the building’s walls.
But she saved particular criticism for the president, who had incited his supporters earlier Wednesday afternoon at a rally outside the White House. In those fiery remarks, Trump encouraged the crowd to march on the Capitol and told them that “you’ll never take back our country with weakness.”
“I’m disappointed right now,” Mace, who worked for Trump’s 2016 campaign, said Thursday morning. “I think that after last night — and I’m on my 100th hour of being a member of Congress, I’m working on about two hours of sleep — I’m distraught. We’ve got to rebuild our nation, and we’ve got to rebuild our party. This is not who we are. It’s extremely distressing. And it’s saddening. It’s heartbreaking.”
As for the president, “everything that he’s worked for … all of that — his entire legacy — was wiped out yesterday,” she added. “We’ve got to start over.”
Trump’s supporters were ultimately unable to permanently halt Congress’ certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory Wednesday afternoon, and after lawmakers returned to their chambers later that evening to resume the proceedings, several Republican allies of the president offered their own rebukes.
“Trump and I, we had a hell of a journey. I hate it being this way,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “All I can say is, count me out. Enough is enough. I tried to be helpful.”
Congress would go on to finalize Biden’s win early Thursday morning, and Trump — whose preferred social media accounts had been temporarily suspended after his posts were deemed to have incited violence — issued a statement acknowledging for the first time he would leave office and agree to an orderly transition of power.
GOP Rep. Mace: Trump’s legacy ‘wiped out’ by Capitol riot The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Politico.