Congresswoman Nancy Mace. (Screenshot)
On Thursday, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) posted a video of herself maskless, demanding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “come and get me” for not following re-imposed requirements to wear a mask on the House floor and decrying the guidelines as an “insane power grab.”
Madam Speaker, your insane power grab is showing. Today I’m not wearing a mask outside of the chamber b/c I follow… https://t.co/eTr1HZWB5S
— Nancy Mace (@Nancy Mace)
The rules were brought back as a consequence of the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, coupled with the fact that some members of Congress — all Republicans — remain unvaccinated. A number of other Republicans have also angrily refused to comply with the rules, like Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-C), who even allegedly threw a mask back at a staffer who offered it to her.
Mace’s Twitter outburst invited immediate criticism and scorn from commenters on social media.
Nancy Mace said one negative thing about trump and 1/6. So now she has to absolutely lose her mind with stupid righ… https://t.co/RvPy9pENgR
— Kombiz Lavasany (@Kombiz Lavasany)
Try again….why don’t u help you fellow south carolinians get vaccinated and help to prevent having to wear masks.… https://t.co/yZcxtgrYvU
— Thomas Labanick (@Thomas Labanick)
I think an insane power grab would be permitting the spread of a highly infectious and deadly virus to spread among… https://t.co/2Ex22TcMmy
— 🦋 Fully Vaccinated! (@🦋 Fully Vaccinated!)
@NancyMace Hi, Science called, they said wear a freaking mask inside, even if you’re vaccinated, because COVID isn’t gone.
— Michael Ratliff (@Michael Ratliff)
@NancyMace This isn’t following science. This is foolish grandstanding.
— Evil Wilma (@Evil Wilma)