The most senior Republican in the House held meetings with two feuding congresswomen on Tuesday in a bid to make them end their explosive row – an effort which appeared to have little impact.
Kevin McCarthy met separately on Tuesday with Marjorie Taylor Greene, representative for Georgia, and South Carolina’s Nancy Mace.
The two women have been at war since Mace, 43, condemned fellow House member Lauren Boebert’s remarks about Democrat Ilhan Omar that likened the Muslim congresswoman to a suicide bomber.
Boebert twice ‘joked’ about Omar – one of the first two female Muslims elected to Congress – being a terrorist, telling a gathering in Staten Island and another meeting that she was concerned about Omar until she noticed she was ‘not wearing a backpack’, and then felt safe. The jibe was an apparent reference to a suicide bomb.
Mace said her fellow Republican’s comments were offensive and wrong.
Nancy Mace (left) is locked in a bitter feud with Marjorie Taylor Greene, her fellow freshman Republican in the House
Over the Thanksgiving break, Lauren Boebert said she was recently in a Capitol elevator with Ilhan Omar when a fretful Capitol police officer ran up.
Lauren Boebert said: “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.”
Boebert then called Ilhan Omar, “jihad squad.” pic.twitter.com/Y7f0nFbnud
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Rep. Ilhan Omar holds up her cell phone and plays a voicemail threat she received in which a man refers to her as a ‘sand n-word b***h’. Omar said she received multiple threats after Boebert’s ‘joke’ about her being a terrorist
Taylor Greene then jumped in to defend Boebert, and attack Mace.
Taylor Greene, 47, said that Mace was ‘trash’.
Mace hit back, saying at least she wasn’t a bigot or racist. She then attacked Taylor Greene, calling her ‘bats*** crazy’ in a series of emojis on Twitter.
On Tuesday, McCarthy held meetings with both women. Asked by CNN what his message would be to the pair, he replied: ‘Stop it.’
Yet the meeting appeared to have had no effect.
Greene told CNN after the meeting that she and Donald Trump would back a primary challenge against Mace – the first woman to graduate from The Citadel military college, who was highly rated by party leadership.
‘Obviously, I love that man,’ said Taylor Greene of Trump.
‘And I have his support 1,000%. And unfortunately, Nancy Mace doesn’t.
‘I will be very supportive of a primary challenger (to Mace), along with President Trump,’ Greene added.
Mace, on leaving her meeting with McCarthy, was asked what she thought about Taylor Greene’s suggestion of trying to oust her.
‘All I can say about Marjorie Taylor Greene is: bless her f***ing heart.’
Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, was asked what his message was for his meetings with Mace and Taylor Greene. He replied: ‘Stop it’
The exchange of insults from the pair – sparked by far-right firebrand Boebert – have alarmed many moderates in the party.
Taylor Greene tweeted: ‘@NancyMace is Pro-Abortion.
‘Protecting abortion IS Pro-Abortion. No baby should be murdered for any reason.
Mace was raped when she was 16, and had an abortion.
She added: ‘Everything wrong with @NancyMace.
‘She lies. She flips and flops depending on who she is talking to. #TwoFacedMace’
When Taylor Greene referenced her conversation with Trump, Mace replied: ‘Don’t look now, but it’s MTG unable to take the heat, running to the principle’s office to tattletale because she can’t stand on her own two feet. Bless her heart.’
Mace added: ‘I like my freshman colleagues who don’t think 9/11 was a hoax… This one on the other hand… totally nuts.’
She continued: ‘Pretty sad when a member of your own conference chooses to tell lies. All in the name of grifting. That I am certain.’