Mace dishes on McCarthy’s ‘dirty tricks’: ‘Every time someone ascended, he’d knife them in the back’

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace held nothing back in her criticism of ousted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy after GOP members finally voted in a replacement.

The South Carolina Republican was one of eight members of her party to vote McCarthy out, ushering in 3 weeks of seeming chaos as several congressmen announced their bid to fill the vacant seat only to fail.

Mace spoke with Steve Bannon on Thursday following the successful vote to install Rep. Mike Johnson as the new speaker. And the congresswoman was more than direct about what she claims was happening behind the scenes before the Louisiana lawmaker secured the votes needed to wield the gavel in the House of Representatives.

Johnson, who is now second in line for the presidency, secured the speakership with the support of all 220 Republican members, a feat in itself after previous bids by Reps. Jim Jordan, Tom Emmer and others failed following multiple votes without full Republican support.

“I just want to be clear, and I think Matt Gaetz clarified this yesterday,” Mace told Bannon on his “War Room” podcast Thursday.

“This almost didn’t happen because the disgraced former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, every time someone ascended, he would knife them in the back and they couldn’t become speaker,” she claimed.

“But thank God we have now Mike Johnson, who is a strong conservative, a man of faith, and someone who’s going to work hard. And guess what? He’s not a part of the establishment. He’s not a part of one of K Street’s favorites, right?… The eight of us and others held the line, and we got us to where we are today. And this is a new direction, a new day for America,” Mace continued.

“This thing didn’t need to last through three weeks,” Mace said, referring to the time that passed after McCarthy’s exit as the speaker’s seat remained vacant.

“So the first thing that McCarthy and his allies did was prolong it and delay it and recess us and adjourn us every time they possibly could to drag this thing out and make it as painful as possible,” she contended.

“For the eight of us who held the line and kicked McCarthy out of the speakership, that’s number one. Number two, there was a concerted and orchestrated effort at the hand of McCarthy that every time someone ascended, they got knifed in the back, including America’s favorite Republican congressman in Jim Jordan,” she added.

“I mean, our conference couldn’t even elect the best and favorite congressman in this country, Jim Jordan, because of what McCarthy and his allies were doing behind the scenes and orchestrating his failure,” the congresswoman claimed.


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