Mace, Stephanopoulos In Bitter Exchange Over Trump Endorsement

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) whose statements and positions regularly draw the ire of conservative Republicans, got into an intense discussion on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday with host George Stephanopoulos.

The dustup followed Mace’s recent endorsement of former President Donald Trump and the host’s questioning this decision.

Stephanopoulos mentioned the former president’s legal battle with author E. Jean Carroll, a showdown many believe is part of Democrats’ campaign of persecution against Trump. A New York jury controversially awarded Carroll $83.3 million in damages.

The host asked Mace how she could reconcile her support for Trump when she was a victim of a horrific attack as a teenager. The Republican representative recoiled in horror at the question.

Mace accused Stephanopoulos of attempting to shame her by mentioning the decades-old incident. She told him that she was a victim at 16 and “lived for 30 years with an incredible amount of shame.”

The Republican declared that she did not come forward after the attack as a teenager because of the enormous amount of judgment and shame that she felt.

Mace added, “it’s a shame that you will never feel, George.”

She said she would not remain on the program “and be asked a question meant to shame me…I’m not going to do that.”

Stephanopoulos attempted to backtrack, claiming the question is “actually not about shaming you. It’s a question about Donald Trump.” But Mace did not accept that response, and instead reasserted that the host attempted to shame her over the attack when she was a teenager.

Mace continued, pointing to the obvious fact that Trump was never criminally convicted of any wrongdoing concerning Carroll. She further criticized remarks the alleged victim made in public after the shocking award.

She noted “It’s not a criminal court case, No. 1. No. 2, I live with shame. And you’re asking me about my political choices trying to shame me as a…victim and I find it disgusting.”

Then Mace turned to jokes Carroll made after the judgment concerning what she intended to buy with her winnings. “She joked about it. I find it offensive, and I also find it offensive that you are trying to shame me with this question.”