GOP Rep. Marjorie Greene on Tuesday called her Republican House colleague Nancy Mace 'trash' for saying Lauren Boebert's Ilhan Omar suicide bomber joke was 'disgusting'.
Greene sparked an ugly clash on Twitter when she accused the South Carolina congresswoman of being pro-abortion, told her to 'hang with your real gal pals in the Jihad Squad' and wrote 'your out of your league'.
Mace hit back by correcting the 'you're' spelling in Greene's tweet, called herself a 'pro-life fiscal conservative' and added: 'What I’m not is a religious bigot (or racist). You might want to try that over there in your little "league"'.
The latest round in the spat within the Republican party over Boebert's comments played out after Mace on Sunday condemned 'racist tropes' and 'disgusting comments' on both sides of the aisle when Boebert compared Ilhan Omar to a suicide bomber.
That defense of a Democratic lawmaker did not sit well with Greene, who has clashed with lawmakers from both parties and had her committee assignments stripped after a House vote following her own incendiary comments.
'@NancyMace is the trash in the GOP Conference,' tweeted Greene.
'Never attacked by Democrats or RINO’s (same thing) because she is not conservative, she’s pro-abort. Mace you can back up off of @laurenboebert or just go hang with your real gal pals, the Jihad Squad. Your out of your league,' she wrote.
Mace responded immediately with a defense of herself – and a grammar correction for Greene.
'*you're,' she wrote – leading her response with Greene's error.
'And, while I’m correcting you, I’m a pro-life fiscal conservative who was attacked by the Left all weekend (as I often am) as I defied China while in Taiwan. What I’m not is a religious bigot (or racist). You might want to try that over there in your little “league,” she wrote.
There was still another dark turn in the escalating fight. Mace retweeted reporter Eric Michael Garcia, who wrote that Green was calling Mace 'pro-abort' 'because Mace was raped in high school and as a result, wants exemptions for abortion bans for rape and incest, which many anti-abortion conservatives also support.'
Mace retweeted the comment, and recalled in her response: 'This was a devastating and life-changing traumatic event. I had no hope for the future, turned to drugs and alcohol, dropped out of school, and never thought I’d make it. Beyond disgusted.'
She wrote in yet another missive: 'Pretty sad when a member of your own conference chooses to tell lies. All in the name of grifting. That I am certain.'
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) defended herself online after fellow Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called her the 'trash' of the GOP Conference
Greene told Mace (R-S.C.) to 'just go hang with your real gal pals, the Jihad Squad'
Mace called Greene a 'religious bigot' and a racist and corrected the spelling in 'your out of your league'
Mace tweeted about a 'devastating and life-changing traumatic event' after Green called her 'pro-abort,' in a likely reference to her support for an exception on abortion bans in cases of rape and incest
The clash came amid pressure on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to rein in Boebert for her attacks – just days after McCarthy and most of the conference stood by Rep. Paul Gosar for posting an anime video that portrayed him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Mace, who returned form a congressional delegation to Taiwan, told CNN Sunday she now carries a gun 'because of the threats that I get from the fringes of both parties right now.'
'This has to stop,' Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) told CNN Monday, condemning Boebert's attacks.
'I ... condemn the kind of comments that were made by my colleague in Congress towards a fellow colleague on the other side of the aisle,' said Reed. 'This is a pox on all our houses.' He added: 'We have degraded to a point in the institution of Congress [to a] level of hate I’ve never felt before.'
Boebert on Monday claimed Ilhan Omar hung up on her during a telephone call to ease tensions after she joked about the Democratic lawmaker being a suicide bomber, and then went on to accuse her rival of being anti-American and a terrorist sympathizer.
Rep. Lauren Boebert renewed her Islamophobic attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar on Monday, accusing the Somali-born lawmaker and Muslim of being a terrorist sympathizer
If the phone call was meant to smooth over an ugly row, the Colorado Republican's video message will only enflame matters.
And it will increase pressure on Republican leaders to denounce her remarks and punish her behavior.
According to Boebert's account, the two demanded apologies of each other in their phone call.
'I told Ilhan Omar that she should make a public apology to the American people for her anti-American, antisemitic anti-police rhetoric,' she said in a video posted to Instagram.
'She continued to press and I continued to press back and then representative Omar hung up on me.
'Rejecting an apology and hanging up on someone is part of cancel culture 101.'
It comes after Boebert was caught on video making an Islamophobic joke about sharing an elevator with Omar.
'"Well, she doesn't have a backpack. We should be fine,'" Boebert recalled while addressing supporters during the holiday break.
"And I said, 'Oh look, the jihad squad decided to show up for work today."'
Her comments attracted widespread criticism and calls for punishment.
For her part, Omar said she had accepted the call because she believed in engaging those with whom she