Rep. Nancy Mace’s criticism of Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) was targeted for major criticism by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who called it a “disgusting attack” on the GOP lawmaker.
On Wednesday, Mace claimed that she would not be able to support Scalise for the position of House Speaker because he “attended a white supremacist conference and compared himself to David Duke.”
Mace was alluding to claims that Scalise had, at a gathering years earlier, compared himself to the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, purportedly referring to himself as “David Duke without the baggage.”
Like Mace, Greene stated that she was in favor of House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) taking over for former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who was dismissed from his position last week. She said that the South Carolina Republican’s remarks against Scalise, who received the GOP presidential nominee, were unjust.
“I’m supporting Jim Jordan for Speaker. I’m not supporting Scalise. I like Steve Scalise, and as I said, I want him to beat cancer, and he should be focused on that.” Greene said in a social media post.
“What I do think is an unfair and quite frankly disgusting attack is members of our conference using … Democratic talking points…using the same lines of attack that Democrats use against every single Republican, every single election, every single day, in these halls of Congress to attack Steve.” she continued.
Eight House Republicans voted with all the Democrats last week in a historic vote to remove McCarthy from the Speakership, but it appears that there is still disagreement among them on who should be advanced as the new Speaker.
With a tight 113-99 vote on Wednesday, the House GOP conference nominated Scalise to be Speaker. However, more than a dozen House Republicans have stated that they will support someone else on the House floor in his place.