Republican Congresswoman credits 'motherly instincts' for helping children avoid MAGA siege at U.S. Capitol

Nancy Mace made history when she was recently elected as the first Republican congresswoman for the state of South Carolina. The excited single mother flew her kids out to join in the celebration of being sworn into office on Sunday. But as she told CNN’s Don Lemon, Wednesday, the celebration was short lived.

“I sent them home because my motherly instincts said this doesn’t feel right,” said Mace. “Something is going to happen because of the rhetoric. And my worst fears came true today.”

The Capitol building was attacked by supporters of Outgoing-President Trump. Mace expressed her disappointment in her own party and condemned those who incited the violence.

“This is a sad day for our nation,” she said. “I am heartbroken, disgusted, and I’m angry. Enough is enough. This needs to stop tonight and we need to end it.”

Video Transcript

[INTRO MUSIC]

NANCY MACE: Don, this has been the best and worst week of my life as an elected official.

ANNOUNCER: Nancy Mace made history when she was recently elected as the first Republican Congresswoman for the state of South Carolina. The excited single mother flew her kids out to join in the celebration of being sworn into office on Sunday. But as she told CNN's Don Lemon on Wednesday, the celebration was short lived.

NANCY MACE: I thought, hey, first week of the year doing virtual school in my congressional office. How cool would that be? And they wanted to do it, and they were excited.

But I sent them home because my motherly instinct said this doesn't feel right. This doesn't-- something is going to happen because of the rhetoric. And my worst fears came true today.

ANNOUNCER: Encouraged by the president, Trump supporters created chaos at the Capitol Building in protest to the election results. And some even gained access to the congressional offices where Mace's children would have been. Fortunately, they had already left.

NANCY MACE: And I flew them home on the very first flight out of town on Monday morning because of the rhetoric I was hearing coming out of fringe members of my own party. And seeing what might come.

ANNOUNCER: Several officials have since condemned the deplorable actions. And Mace echoed those sentiments.

NANCY MACE: This is a sad day for our nation. I'm heartbroken. I'm disgusted. And I'm angry. And enough is enough. This needs to stop. It needs to stop right now. Tonight we need to end it.

[ENDING MUSIC]

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