Freshman GOP congresswoman quotes Martin Luther King Jr. before equating the violent uprising and Black Lives Matter protests
Mace was recently sworn in in his first term after winning a congressional race in South Carolina with Trump’s approval. But she has sharply criticized the president in recent days for his role in inciting the deadly uprising.
Mace said Wednesday that while Parliament has “every right” to prosecute the president, she believed the way this persecution went raised “questions of the constitutional process in this process.”
She continued: “I believe we need to hold the president accountable. I also believe we need to hold accountable for every single person, even members of Congress, if they contributed to the violence that took place here . “
Mace then quoted Martin Luther King Jr. before trying to draw an equivalent between the violent coup attempt at the Capitol last week and the anti-racism demonstrations that swept the country last year following the police killing of George Floyd.
“If we are serious about healing the divisions in this country, Republicans and Democrats must recognize that this is not the first day of violence,” she said. “Our words have consequences … there is violence on both sides of the aisle.”
Fact check: The overwhelming majority – 93% according to a report – of Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 were peaceful. And while a small minority of protesters are engaged in riots and looting, both insurgents and thousands of peaceful protesters were in many cases met with a hyper-aggressive police response.
In perhaps the most notorious example, secret services and law enforcement agencies were seen using tear gas and pepper spray on peaceful protesters in Washington, DC to clear the way for a presidential image.
But last week, the Trump mob besieged the Capitol building as Congress sought to ratify the presidential election in a direct attack on democracy. Republican lawmakers tried to gather loot and skirmishes with police through protests from social justice and a coordinated, violent attack launched by the president.
During the siege, a Capitol police officer was seen taking selfies with violent pro-Trump rebels, while another was seen referring them to the Capitol as they swarmed across the building. Further reporting since the uprising revealed that many members of the mob themselves were active police officers and former military personnel.