CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - First Congressional District Rep. Nancy Mace says she will not join dozens of GOP colleagues who have said they plan to object the Electoral College’s selection of President-Elect Joe Biden when Congress convenes on Wednesday.
Mace says she made the decision because she swore a solemn oath to the Constitution.
“I’m a huge supporter of President Trump as everyone knows,” she said. “I worked for him in 2016, I crossed seven different states to campaign for him to help get him elected, to make America great again four years ago in 2016, and this is not about that.”
Mace said she believes there are examples of fraud including in Pennsylvania. However, those states, she said, must resolve those problems within their own legislature or their state constitution or through federal courts.
“But the vote that we’re taking on Wednesday would be a violation of our Constitution. We’re a republic,” she said, adding that the Constitution gives the right exclusively to the states to select their electors. “But what’s going to happen with this vote is that we’re putting our Constitution at risk. And we’re opening the door for Nancy Pelosi in a state like California to overturn the results of an election in South Carolina, and I don’t think any citizen or resident of South Carolina wants that to happen.”
She said she expects other Constitutional Conservatives to join the letter she and her colleagues released Sunday.
“Voter fraud is serious, and it needs to be investigated. We’ve got to get to the bottom of what did and did not happen,” she said. “The Congress’s role is not to throw out the duly elected electors of the Electoral College of one state and replace them with something else; that is not what our Constitution says, and we’ve got to realize that, whether we like the outcome of the election or not.”
Mace, who tested positive for COVID-19 about six months ago, said the disease is something we should all take seriously.
She said she had a “significant” case of COVID-19 that it took three months to recover from. She described lingering symptoms that included chest pain, swollen ankles, chronic fatigue and depression.
She advocates getting more vaccinations to the most vulnerable communities and says while she will take the vaccine, she will wait until it becomes available to her constituents.
But despite calling it “a very serious illness,” she does not support face mask mandates.
“I think when the government starts mandating what we put into our bodies, what we inject or the type of things we have to wear on our person, that can be a very slippery slope,” she said. “Which is why I really believe it’s incumbent upon us, as, as leaders and government or as business leaders as leaders in our churches our communities, or workplaces, that we set a better example.”
She also mentioned Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, who died last week at 41 from COVID-19 complications before he could be sworn into office. Doctors have said Letlow had no underlying health conditions that would have put him at higher risk.
“I personally don’t believe the government should be mandating it, but I do believe that we as citizens of our communities, should be setting a good example and doing the right thing,” she said. “I do believe that we’ve got to make good decisions but it shouldn’t be the government telling you what to do, what to wear.”
She said one of her first priorities will be protecting Parris Island.
Mace, who defeated former Rep. Joe Cunningham in his first re-election bid, was sworn in Sunday afternoon.