GOP Rep. Nancy Mace Tries to Mock AOC, Gets Brutally Fact Checked by Daniel Dale

When Nancy Mace was first elected to the House of Representatives she started off on a good foot. The South Carolina senator blasted Donald Trump’s attempt at overturning the election and promised to work across the aisle.

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Mace, though, showed her true colors on Thursday by mocking Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s story from the capitol insurrection. The claims made by the freshman lawmaker, however, were quickly corrected by CNN’s ace fact-checker Daniel Dale.

This week, Ocasio-Cortez talked about the horror she felt when insurrectionists stormed the US Capitol. Conservatives were quick to claim she was exaggerating. Mace joined that fray, telling Fox News, “I’m two doors down from AOC and no insurrectionists stormed our hallway.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded, “This is a deeply cynical & disgusting attack, Nancy Mace. As the Capitol complex was stormed and people were being killed, none of us knew in the moment what areas were compromised. You previously told reporters yourself that you barricaded in your office, afraid you’d be hurt.”

Mace defended herself, “FACT CHECK* I have not once discounted your fear. We were ALL terrified that day. I’m stating the fact that insurrectionists were never in our hallway… because they weren’t. I deal in facts. Unlike you, apparently.”

Dale swooped in to correct the South Carolina lawmaker. “This is a false ‘FACT CHECK.’ Ocasio-Cortez didn’t say insurrectionists were in their hallway. She said she was generally scared about what was going on and specifically scared by a Capitol police officer who seemed angry and hadn’t made clear he was with law enforcement.”

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