‘Brilliant display!’ Nancy Mace uses LGBTQ activist’s own violent rhetoric to expose rank hypocrisy

Progressives may try to treat reality as fluid and conforming to their whims, but facts are stubborn things and Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) reminded one activist of that with their own tweets and a lesson on how “rhetoric has consequences.”

(Video: C-SPAN)

The House Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing Tuesday on “The Evolution of Anti-Democratic Extremist Groups and the Ongoing Threat to Democracy,” and among the witnesses asked to testify was transgender activist and attorney Alejandra Caraballo. Before Mace made her point, she made sure to ask those being questioned some baseline questions to make sure everyone was in agreement.

“Is rhetoric on social media a problem and a threat to our democracy?” the congresswoman asked. “Do you believe that rhetoric targeting officials with violence for carrying out their constitutional duties is a threat to democracy?”

There was unanimous consent from the witnesses which led Mace to remind those gathered that, not long after the leak of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s majority draft opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that would ultimately see the overturn of Roe v. Wade earlier this year, and after a suspect was arrested outside the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh posing a credible threat of assassination, Caraballo tweeted out an opinion on how activists ought to treat conservative justices.

“The 6 justices who overturned Roe should never know peace again,” Mace recited Caraballo’s words with an image of a since-deleted tweet from June 25, 2022, behind her as a visual aid. “It is our civic duty to accost them every time they are in public. They are pariahs. Since women don’t have their rights, these justices should never have a peaceful moment in public again.”

“I know something about being accosted,” the lawmaker said as she recounted an experience from Jan. 5 along with threats made against her and her family that led her to carry a gun for protection when she travels around in her own district. “I know personally that rhetoric has consequences.”

As Caraballo tried to treat the display as an opportunity to “clarify,” Mace interrupted with a blunt yes or no, “Do you believe your rhetoric is a threat to democracy when you’re calling to accost a branch of government, the Supreme Court?”

“I don’t believe that’s a correct characterization of my statements,” Caraballo tried, drawing the lawmaker to ask, “Did you not tweet that? That you thought Supreme Court justices should be accosted?”

“It’s clear to me that we have to call out the threats to our democracy emanating from where they come,” the congresswoman went on, “whether it’s the right or the left. I look forward to working with anyone, Republican or Democrat…to address these threats from within and without, and I look forward to inviting more people who actually know what they’re talking about to our witness panels in the 118th Congress.”

Later on Twitter, Mace doubled down on the opportunity to call out Caraballo and recapped, “Is rhetoric on social media a threat to democracy? Yes she says. Is targeting govt officials w rhetoric a threat to democracy? Yes she says. Here’s your tweet inciting violence against Supreme Court justices: ‘Hold my beer,’ she says.”

Canary CEO Dan Eberhart praised Mace’s performance, tweeting: “Brilliant display by Rep. @NancyMace! The people who say violent rhetoric on social media is a threat to democracy and then promote violent rhetoric themselves need to be held accountable and their hypocrisy displayed for the world to see.”

As The Spectator’s Stephen Miller pointed out, “Their entire angle on language as persuasion is words mean whatever they want them to mean and the definition of those words is subjugated to them alone. Like ‘woman’ for instance. So they can say ‘that’s out of context’ they mean whatever context they are making up. They get away with this because they spend very little time allowing themselves to be questioned on their words. They can define anything and make it so. See Oxford dictionary. Problem is Caraballo can’t just block real life like they can Twitter.”

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