During an interview with CNN on Sunday, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) brought up left-wing riots when asked about the recent media coverage surrounding the January 6 riot after 40,000 hours of video footage from the incident was released to Fox News host Tucker Carlson by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Mace’s comments came during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” when she was asked by fill-in host Kaitlan Collins about her opinion on McCarthy’s decision to give the footage to Carlson.
“I said early on last month that the release of the footage was important, that it should be released to every outlet, including CNN, every media outlet, every defense attorney, so that the public can see for itself,” she said. “And there was violence on that day. You cannot deny that. And it was a dark day in our history. But so too was the summer of 2020. We saw very few arrests when there were attacks by an organization, members of Antifa and Black Lives Matter. I had my house spray-painted two summers ago, and no one’s been held to account for that.”
“And so we have got to make sure, if there’s going to be political violence in this country, no matter your political affiliation, everybody is treated and should be treated the same way,” she added.
Collins also asked Mace about her opinion on protesters from the incident who have been placed in jail and if she intends to visit them along with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Rep. James Comer (R-KY).
“On January 6, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Congressman James Comer, who is the chair of the Oversight Committee that you serve on, have been planning a trip to visit January 6 defendants who are in jail,” Collins said. “What do you make of that? Would you join them on a trip like that?”
“I’m not joining them, but I will say this,” said Mace. “I have done a lot of civil rights work over the years as a state lawmaker and as a member of Congress. In fact, the very first bill I ever filed or helped work on in my freshman year was with Hakeem Jeffries on a civil rights piece of legislation.
“I would tell you, anyone who’s sitting in solitary confinement or sitting in jail, regardless of their political affiliation, if they feel like their civil rights have been violated, then we, as members of Congress, should help them. And this is something that I have worked on a lot over the years and something that I respect,” she continued. “I was the ranking member on the Civil Rights Committee on oversight with Jamie Raskin last year. That’s something that we should all care about, the constitutional rights of citizens of this country.”
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