Daniel Island Rep. Nancy Mace says Dem congresswomen wearing white "sets women back"

Mace called the move a display of "identity politics"

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State Rep. Nancy Mace is decidedly not in support of the congresswomen who chose to wear all-white to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Almost all of the 89 Democratic women in the U.S. House of Representatives wore white in honor of early 20th century suffragettes, some of whom wore the color to stand out in photos for the press, according to the Washington Post. The color was also used by activists who sought the vote for women in England.

"The point of breaking glass ceilings is so that, after they’re broken, it doesn’t matter anymore," Mace wrote in a Facebook post published Wednesday morning. "The American experiment is built on the premise that if you set a goal, show up on time and work hard, then success is within reach."



"The identity politics being overplayed by liberal women in Washington, on display last night during the president’s State of the Union last night, further sets women back rather than advancing our futures," she continued.

Mace, a Republican, cited her own successes as a woman in male-dominated industries. She became the first woman to graduate from The Citadel, a military college in downtown Charleston, in 1999.

"I also have experience starting my own business and in 2017 ran for — and won — a seat in the state legislature, on my own terms," she wrote.

A photo accompanying the post features Republicans' latest punching bag, democratic socialist and freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. The mini-rant garnered 33,000 reactions as of Friday morning, with hearts and laughs being the most common ones after likes.

Mace represents Daniel Island, where she lives, and parts of Mt. Pleasant, Hanahan, and Goose Creek. She was first elected in a Jan. 2018 special election called after her predecessor Jim Merrill resigned amid charges of ethics violations.

Mace won re-election over Democrat Jen Gibson in November's general election.

"As women, we do a great disservice to ourselves when we believe the myth that our gender doesn’t define us," Gibson said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Black and Latinx women in South Carolina earn more than $20,000 less than white men in any given year. S.C. lawmakers regularly introduce legislation to limit women's ability to make their own medical choices. And President Donald Trump, the de facto head of the Republican Party, has been caught on tape bragging about sexual assault and discrediting the testimony of victims of sexual assault.

"It is naïve to think all it takes for us to achieve the American dream is hard work," Gibson said. "We need to recognize the fundamental truth of gender inequality, and fight like hell against it, so we can dress, think, or act any way we like."

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