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Mace lets loose on news host for asking how she can support Trump

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In an interview on ABC, Rep. Nancy Mace accused anchor George Stephanopoulos of trying to shame her for endorsing Donald Trump.

Stephanopoulos questioned Mace about endorsing Trump given past court rulings that found him liable for defaming E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of raping her in the 1990s.

“You’ve endorsed Donald Trump for president,” Stephanopoulos said.

“Judges and two separate juries have found him liable for rape and for defaming the victim of that rape,” he said. “How do you square your endorsement of Donald Trump with the testimony we just saw?”

Mace said as a rape victim herself, she found the line of questioning disgusting.

“Well, I will tell you, I was raped at the age of 16,” Mace said. “Any rape victim will tell you, I’ve lived for 30 years with an incredible amount of shame for being raped. I didn’t come forward because of that judgment and shame that I felt.”

“It’s a shame that you will never feel, George,” she said.

“I’m not going to sit here on your show and be asked a question meant to shame me about another potential rape victim,” Mace said. “I’m not going to do that.”

She argued Carroll had made jokes about spending money from the case, making it harder for other women to come forward.

“It’s actually not about shaming you,” Stephanopoulos said.

“It’s not a criminal court case, No. 1,” Mace said. “No. 2, I live with shame. And you’re asking me a question about my political choices trying to shame me as a rape victim and I find it disgusting.”

“And quite frankly, E. Jean Carroll’s comments when she did get the judgment,” Mace added, “joking about what she was going to buy, makes it harder for women to come forward when they make a mockery of rape. When they joke about it. It’s not OK.”

“She’s joked about it,” Mace said of Carroll. “I find it offensive, and I also find it offensive that you are trying to shame me with this question.”

Mace said she would not sit through questions meant to shame her or other potential victims.

Stephanopoulos maintained he was not trying to shame Mace but discuss the allegations against Trump.

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