Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired back at Republican Representative Nancy Mace on Saturday—after learning the latter reportedly launched a fundraising effort tied to a disagreement that the two had over their experiences during the January 6 Capitol riot.
“Pretty horrible,” the New York congresswoman tweeted Saturday, while sharing screenshots—previously posted by CNN reporter Daniel Dale—of Mace’s fundraising plea that disputes Ocasio-Cortez’s account of the attack.
“Well, it’s good to know what kind of person she is early. Also good to know that Mace is cut from the same Trump cloth of dishonesty and opportunism. Sad to see a colleague intentionally hurt other women and survivors to make a buck. Thought she’d be better,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
The dispute between the two congresswomen started after Ocasio-Cortez detailed the events of the riot from her perspective in a widely-viewed Instagram livestream on Monday.
During her account, Ocasio-Cortez told her followers that she was frightened for her life, and forced to take refuge inside her bathroom when a stranger entered her office, who later turned out to be a Capitol Police officer.
Mace, a representative from South Carolina, quickly took issue with Ocasio-Cortez’s story. “My office is 2 doors down. Insurrectionists never stormed our hallway,” Mace tweeted Wednesday.
After facing backlash from Ocasio-Cortez, who accused Mace of discounting her fear and attacking her for “Fox News clicks,” Mace again fired back.
“We were ALL terrified that day. I’m stating the fact that insurrectionists were never in our hallway… because they weren’t. I deal with facts. Unlike you apparently,” she tweeted.
Ocasio-Cortez’s message to Mace on Saturday that she’d “intentionally hurt other woman and survivors,” comes after the congresswoman revealed she is a survivor of sexual assault on Monday.
In statements earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez accused the Republican congresswoman of discounting her story and using damaging rhetoric that prevents survivors of assault or trauma from coming forward.
“How many survivors are watching her? Who now, seeing her, won’t get care or will feel further shame or silence? Who won’t speak up bc they know there are voices in leadership ready to minimize their experiences?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
But Mace rejected that accusation, and blasted Ocasio-Cortez for making the disagreement “political.” In 2019, Mace herself revealed that she was a victim of rape when she was 16.
The screenshots Ocasio-Cortez shared of Mace’s fundraising message on Saturday recount the Republican lawmaker’s accusations, and claim that Ocasio-Cortez wants to “further divide Americans.”
“AOC doesn’t want to find common ground. She wants to further divide Americans.”
“That’s exactly what she did with her divisive comments about the Capitol riot. And that’s what she continues to do by going after me for pointing out the simple truth that never was there ever a single rioter in our hallway,” according to the message.
“Today, I want you to join me and the many throughout our country who are saying ENOUGH is ENOUGH to AOC’s latest theatrics. Will you chip in today to help me spread the word,” it added.
Newsweek reached out to the offices of Ocasio-Cortez and Mace for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.