South Carolina Republican Rep. Nancy Mace often shows her feelings and her views on her shirt. She put them on her shirt on Tuesday.
Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote in “The Scarlet Letter” that unfaithful women were forced to wear a “A.” Mace wore a white shirt with the letter “A” in big red letters.
Out of the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats last week to get rid of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Mace was one of them.
Mace: I’m wearing the scarlet letter after the week I had being a woman and being demonized for my vote and voice. pic.twitter.com/guVpxGHUq7
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“I’m wearing the scarlet letter after the week that I just had last week being a woman up here and being demonized for my vote and for my voice,” she said in a video clip posted to X.
“I’m here to let the rest of the world know and the country know, I’m on the side of the people. I’m not on the side of the establishment,” she said.
Macke added a strong list of her core beliefs.
“I’m gonna do the right thing every single time, no matter the consequences ’cause I don’t answer to anybody in D.C. I don’t answer to anyone in Washington. I only answer to the people.”
According to The Hill, Mace said on Tuesday that she will vote for Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio over Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana in the race to replace McCarthy. Jordan is the head of the House Judiciary Committee.
She said she wouldn’t be put in a box in an interview with the Post and Courier.
“This is my signal to others that I don’t answer to anybody up here,” she said. “I only answer to the people back home. And I don’t care what you throw at me. I don’t care what the establishment throws at me.”
She said the vote was not a publicity stunt.
“I turn down more interviews than I actually do. And I don’t need to be performative because I am a serious legislator,” she said.
Mace said she will be her own person no matter what people say about her.
“I’m always going to do the right thing, no matter what. It’s what they taught me at The Citadel — that I will deal with the consequences and dive into it, and I’m not going to back down,” said Mace, the first woman to graduate from The Citadel.
If Jordan doesn’t become speaker, Mace said, “I’m going to be a team player.”
Mace told CBS on Sunday that she voted to get rid of McCarthy because she had been broken promises for a long time.
“Well, first of all, he made a promise to our country that he would follow the law and present a budget and 12 spending bills. There’s a law from 1974, the Budget Impact and Control Act, that says we were supposed to do that. But Congress always manufactures that emergency every year, like they don’t know that September 30 exists. And they skirt the law with CRs,” she said, referring to continuing resolutions that keep the government operating while Congress debates overdue budget bills.
Mace noted that although she was frustrated with progress on some issues, her vote on McCarthy was about “someone that will keep their promises, that will keep their word and not keeping- not kicking the can down the road. And it was a matter of trust, not just for me, but there were other members in our conference, there were members on both sides of the aisle. And it’s very important that when we make a promise to the American people, we really ought to keep it.”