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Mace to ABC’s Stephanopoulos: ‘Disgusting’ You Are Trying to Shame Me for Supporting Trump

via Congresswoman Nancy Mace
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Representative Nancy Mace accused George Stephanopoulos of trying to shame her for endorsing Donald Trump despite being a rape survivor herself.

When asked how she could support Trump given two juries found him liable for rape, Mace said any rape victim lives with shame and she wouldn’t be shamed over her political choices.

Stephanopoulos said, “You endorsed Donald Trump for president. Two separate juries have found him liable for rape. How do you square your support for Donald Trump?”

She said it was disgusting for Stephanopoulos, who has never experienced rape, to question her in a way meant to shame her.

Mace said, “I will tell you that I was raped at the age of 16, and any rape victim will tell you I’ve lived for 30 years with an incredible amount of shame. I didn’t come forward because of that judgment and shame that I felt. And it’s a shame that you will never feel, George. And I’m not going to sit here on your show and be asked a question meant to shame me about another potential rape victim. I’m not going to do that.”

Stephanopoulos said, “It’s actually not about shaming you. It’s a question about Donald Trump.”

Mace said, “No, you are shaming me.”

Stephanopoulos said, “You’ve endorsed Donald Trump for president. Donald Trump has been found liable for rape by a jury. Donald Trump has been found liable for defaming the victim of that rape by a jury. It’s been affirmed by a judge.”

Mace argued it makes it harder for women to come forward when rape is mocked or joked about, as she said the victim in the Trump case had done.

Mace said, “It was not a criminal court case, number one. Number two, 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 joking about what she was going to buy.”

She added, “It makes it harder for women to come forward when they make a mockery out of rape when they joke about it.”

“This is why women won’t come forward.”

Stephanopoulos countered women don’t come forward due to defamation by rapists, but Mace maintained she was being shamed by the line of questioning.

“Women won’t come forward because they’re defamed by those who perpetrate rape,” Stephanopoulos said.

Mace said, “You are trying to shame me this morning, and I think it’s disgusting.”

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