No One is Coming For Contraception, But They’re Definitely Coming For Conscience Rights

No One is Coming For Contraception, But They’re Definitely Coming For Conscience Rights

When Democrats accuse Republicans of opposing “access” to birth control, what they really mean is that Republicans oppose forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for birth control or that Republicans oppose coercing people of faith to provide birth control (including abortifacients) against their consciences.

The Right to Contraception Act, a bill that passed in the House yesterday, allows reporters and Democrats to manufacture panic by claiming Republicans voted against a bill that “protects access to contraception,” even though the actual legislation was crammed with enough poison pills to kill the First Amendment.

It’s mind-boggling that any Republican would lend their support to this travesty. Yet eight House Republicans did. One, South Carolina’s Nancy Mace wore a jacket to the vote that featured the words, “My state is banning exceptions. Protect contraception.”

“And just this week, I think it was yesterday or the day before, the state of South Carolina is working on passing legislation that would ban those exceptions,” she explained. “So if you’re gonna have a state that bans abortion for women who are victims of rape and incest, you have to and should protect access to contraception. I can’t imagine a world where you wouldn’t otherwise, especially for those women that have been through that kind of trauma.”

Mace’s claim is either a sophistic non sequitur or completely bonkers. Is Mace really arguing that rapists don’t have enough access to condoms? Contraception is widely available in South Carolina, as it is everywhere else in the country. Just this year, Mace’s state passed the “Pharmacy Access Act,” a law that allows patients to obtain birth control without a doctor’s prescription (Washington Republicans proposed a similar bill a few years back that was shot down by Democrats) with “strong bipartisan support.”

Even if the Supreme Court decided tomorrow that contraception wasn’t under the purview of the Constitution, as they did abortion, the laws of South Carolina — as with the laws everywhere else — would remain in place. The chances of anyone snatching away your condoms or birth control pills is on par with the chances of you being murdered over “net neutrality.”

Again, the Right to Contraception Act is not merely about protecting the right of a person to obtain contraception but forcing others to provide it for them. In the bill’s findings, we learn one of its purposes is to undercut conscience exemptions for birth control — which under the Democrats’ definition includes abortion drugs and sterilization:

Providers’ refusals to offer contraceptives and information related to contraception based on their own personal beliefs impede patients from obtaining their preferred method, with laws in 12 States as of the date of introduction of this Act specifically.

Too bad. No American should ever be compelled by the state, or anyone else, to deliver a product that undermines their faith (and this atheist doesn’t believe anyone should have to pay for your birth control.) Indeed, the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act codified the non-imaginary constitutional right of religious freedom for people who function under federal laws and regulations. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court found that the Obamacare contraception mandate, the one used to persecute nuns, violated the rights of privately held, for-profit organizations.

The Democrats’ new bill undermines both. It also defines contraception as “any device or medication used to prevent pregnancy, whether specifically used to prevent pregnancy or for other health needs,” which, as John McCormack notes, includes abortifacients drugs such as mifepristone, which have both “contraceptive and non-contraceptive uses,” and are used to end the lives of the unborn in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. If that is the kind of birth control Mace is talking about, she should say so.

This bill also funnels more money into Planned Parenthood’s industrial-scale abortion business and prohibits states from voting to cut off taxpayer subsidies. And as Cathy McMorris Rodgers points out, under the new law, Planned Parenthood can use taxpayer dollars “to sterilize a 13-year-old without her parents’ knowledge.” The text of the bill does not define the age of “a person.” And anyone who follows this issue knows well that it’s no oversight.

No one is coming to take your contraception. But someone is definitely coming for conscience rights. And they’re doing it with the help of eight Republicans.


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*** Election Night Livewire *** Silver, Palmetto States Test Trump’s Power Again, Texas May Foreshadow Red Wave

*** Election Night Livewire *** Silver, Palmetto States Test Trump’s Power Again, Texas May Foreshadow Red Wave

Voters in several states nationwide head to the polls in primaries and in a special general congressional election in Texas on Tuesday, further testing former President Donald Trump’s endorsement strength and perhaps foreshadowing a looming red wave in November. Primaries in South Carolina, Nevada, Maine, and North Dakota take center stage on Tuesday night, as does a special congressional general election in Texas.

In South Carolina, two hotly contested congressional primaries have Trump facing off against incumbent Republicans. In the first district, Trump has endorsed Katie Arrington against Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC). Mace, who has the support of former governor and United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, has sharply criticized Trump in routine television appearances and has voted for a number of controversial things, such as January 6 committee contempt proceedings against former Trump officials. For Arrington, a win would put her back on track to win a seat she was the nominee for in 2018, but lost to now former Democrat Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC). Arrington’s loss came not just amid that year’s blue wave, but also after she had shocked the world and defeated then-Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC)–the former governor who resigned that office amid a sex scandal then orchestrated his own comeback years earlier–to only days after the primary survive a deadly car accident that immobilized her for most of that year’s general election.

Elsewhere in South Carolina, Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC)–one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump the second time after the events of Jan. 6, 2021–is in grave danger of losing to state Rep. Russell Fry in the primary. Trump, who backed Fry, could take out the first of these ten impeachment Republicans at the ballot box with a candidate he endorsed here. Several other impeachment Republicans–Reps. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Fred Upton (R-MI), and John Katko (R-NY)–called it quits without even facing voters. Only Rep. David Valadao (R-CA)–who did not face a Trump-backed primary challenger, even though he had a weak challenger–has survived a primary among the impeachment Republicans, and Valadao seems to get a pass from many Republicans given the competitiveness of his district. If Rice goes down, that would make him the first impeachment Republican to go down by the hands of voters, and would also mean 50 percent of the ten have already gone down about 18 months after the vote, with several others in serious trouble–most notably Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).

Out in the Silver State, Nevada GOP primary voters will select their nominees in two banner top-of-the-ticket races–for governor and for U.S. Senate. Trump has weighed in here in both races, backing Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo for governor and former Nevada attorney general Adam Laxalt for U.S. Senate. GOP primaries in the First, Third, and Fourth Congressional Districts could also set the stage for a red tsunami in November, as all three of these U.S. House seats held by Democrats are viewed by analysts as probably competitive in November, especially with close statewide races.

In Maine, former GOP Gov. Paul LePage is formally seeking the GOP nomination for governor again and former Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) seeks to return to Congress to represent the all-important Second Congressional District. This is a district Republicans view as particularly competitive, as Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) has made clear with his voting record–which breaks with national Democrat leaders more than any other Democrat currently in Congress–and as evidenced by the fact Trump won it in both 2016 and 2020. Maine splits its electoral votes by congressional district in presidential elections–the only other state that does that is Nebraska–so Trump actually won one vote from Maine both times thanks to the Second Congressional District voters. North Dakotans will also vote on Tuesday, and while there are no major national races there, the state could provide some signs of intensity going into November.

Perhaps most importantly on Tuesday, voters in Texas’s 34th Congressional District will vote in a special congressional election. The district was represented by Democrat Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX), who bailed on national Democrats early to go work for lobbyist firm Akin Gump, a move that set up this special election. Republicans are hopeful they can flip this seat on Tuesday, with Hispanic candidate Mayra Flores leading the charge in recent polling that has her close to winning it outright. If she gets more than 50 percent of the vote, she will avoid a runoff–but she does appear per polling to be in the lead regardless. If she wins without a runoff, this would be the first seat Republicans have flipped back from Democrats into GOP hands since the November 2020 elections–and could foreshadow things to come in November. What’s more, Flores would enter the general election with the power of incumbency in a district that will be decidedly more Democrat-friendly in November, thanks to redistricting–this special election is under the old lines–as she faces off there against Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) who switched districts, abandoning his old one to run here instead in November. This could also set the tone for GOP gains with Hispanic voters along the border, and comes just weeks after the tragic shooting at an elementary school in nearby Uvalde, Texas.

The polls close in South Carolina at 7:00 p.m. ET, Maine and Texas at 8:00 p.m. ET, Nevada at 10:00 p.m. ET, and the hours vary in North Dakota by county.

Follow along here for live updates as the results pour in from across the country.

UPDATE 9:13 p.m. ET:

With 24 percent reporting now in South Carolina’s first district, Arrington has cut Mace’s lead to less than 8 percent now. Mace, at 52.8 percent, is less than 8 percent–and less than two thousand votes–higher than Arrington’s 45.2 percent. And, as we’ve been noting all night, still no Beaufort County yet.

UPDATE 9:11 p.m. ET:

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) won his primary, which was unsurprising since he did not face a credible or serious challenge:

Hoever is one of just a handful of GOP senators who voted for the 2013 “Gang of Eight” amnesty plan for illegal aliens left in the U.S. Senate. There were 14 GOP votes for that bill, and in the nine years since nine of those 14 have one by one either passed away or lost their elections or stepped aside. That’s a pretty devastating rate, but Hoeven holds on for now–and it remains to be seen if he will ever face a real challenge from the right.

UPDATE 9:07 p.m. ET:

Still nothing from Beaufort, but Arrington with the latest batch of votes just sliced Mace’s lead down to just 9 percent–or about two thousand votes–with just 23 percent reporting. This one could get super close.

UPDATE 9:04 p.m. ET:

In South Carolina’s first district, with 20 percent reporting, Mace is hanging tough with her lead–but still nothing in yet from Arrington country Beaufort County.

UPDATE 9:02 p.m. ET:

In South Carolina’s 7th district, with 30 percent reporting, Trump’s pick Fry is inching ever closer to that 50 percent threshold to avoid the runoff with Rice–he’s now at 47.2 percent.

UPDATE 9:01 p.m. ET:

Polls are closed now in North Dakota, at least part of the state, and some results are trickling in. There really are not many major competitive races here, but Trump does have some endorsements on the line.

UPDATE 8:59 p.m. ET:

With 41 percent reporting now in Texas’s 34th district special election, the GOP’s Flores has expanded her lead to a full percent. She’s at 47.2 percent while Democrat Sanchez has slipped to 46.2 percent.

UPDATE 8:57 p.m. ET:

Others are picking up on the Texas situation:

This would be a serious rebuke of Democrats and a monster pickup for Republicans if Flores pulls this off.

UPDATE 8:55 p.m. ET:

A substantial batch of votes just came in in Maine’s second district, and now Poliquin leads by almost 20 percent with about 3 percent reporting.

UPDATE 8:42 p.m. ET:

Republicans are privately very confident about the chances of Flores to win outright tonight in Texas, which would be a disaster for Democrats heading into the midterm season:

The early vote numbers are very bad for the Democrats, and Flores is actually leading those right now with still no in-person votes reported. Flores could be headed for a historic night here in Texas.

UPDATE 8:39 p.m. ET:

Even if impeachment backer Rice survives tonight to live to see a runoff, he still looks like dead man walking there and would need a miracle to come out of that victorious:

Fry, meanwhile, has a clear path to completely avoiding a runoff altogether tonight.

UPDATE 8:37 p.m. ET:

With 16 percent reporting now in South Carolina’s first district, Mace’s lead is back to less than 10 percent. Mace, at 53.7 percent, has about a 1,600 vote lead over Arrington’s 44 percent. Still nothing from Arrington-heavy Beaufort County, either which might be problematic for the congresswoman.

UPDATE 8:33 p.m. ET:

There are still just over 100 votes reported in total so far in Maine’s second district GOP primary but Poliquin has pulled ahead of Caruso there.

UPDATE 8:32 p.m. ET:

Mace just got a bump in South Carolina’s first with the latest batch of votes, scooting back up to a 15 percent lead. She has 56.4 percent as compared with Arrington’s 41.2 percent.

UPDATE 8:31 p.m. ET:

With 18 percent reporting now in South Carolina’s 7th district, Fry has increased his lead and now has 45.8 percent as compared with Rice’s 28 percent. Still a long way to go but looks bad for the impeachment crowd tonight.

UPDATE 8:29 p.m. ET:

In Texas, the GOP’s Flores has pulled ahead of Democrat Sanchez by about a half of a percent with 36 percent reporting now.

UPDATE 8:27 p.m. ET:

Don’t look now, but Mace’s lead in South Carolina’s first has been cut dramatically down to just over a thousand votes–and still nothing reporting from Arrington’s stronghold of Beaufort County. With 9 percent reporting according to the New York Times, Mace has just 54.3 percent and Arrington is quickly gaining on her with now 43 percent. It is clearly very early there, and this could come down to the wire.

UPDATE 8:24 p.m. ET:

The first votes are coming in in Maine’s second district GOP primary, where Liz Caruso leads former Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) by just 7 votes. It’s very early here. Elsewhere in Maine, because they ran unopposed, former GOP Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Gov. Janet Mills are now officially the nominees for governor of their respective parties.

The first votes are also coming in in Texas’s 34th congressional district special election, with 34 percent reporting. Republican Mayra Flores and Democrat Dan Sanchez are in a dead heat here, with Sanchez leading for now with 47.8 percent to Flores’s 45.2 percent.

UPDATE 8:20 p.m. ET:

In South Carolina’s 7th district, Fry’s lead is maintaining at around 15 percent above Rice. Fry, at 44.7 percent, leads Rice’s 29.7 percent by just under two thousand votes.

UPDATE 8:17 p.m. ET:

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), the House Majority Whip, has easily fended off a primary challenge in South Carolina’s sixth district–with more than 93 percent of the vote with just over 4 percent reporting according to the New York Times:

UPDATE 8:14 p.m. ET:

The New York Times now has those same vote totals and percentages in South Carolina’s first district as Decision Desk HQ does in the tweet below, but the Times says that it is just with 6 percent reporting not 16 percent. That means this race is getting tighter fast.

UPDATE 8:10 p.m. ET:

Arrington’s position is not improving much but is slightly as more votes roll in–Decision Desk HQ has 16 percent reporting and Mace still at 60 percent:

UPDATE 8:05 p.m. ET:

The polls are closed now in Maine and in Texas’s 34th congressional district special election.

Meanwhile, in South Carolina’s 7th district with 4 percent reporting. Russell Fry has expanded his lead. He has 42.5 percent of the vote so far, compared with just 22 percent for Rice.

UPDATE 7:46 p.m. ET:

That was fast:

South Carolina GOP Gov. Henry McMaster is officially the GOP nominee again for another term.

UPDATE 7:45 p.m. ET:

Mace has a huge lead to start the night in South Carolina’s first congressional district, with 68.4 percent of the votes counted so far compared to Arrington’s 30.1 percent with just 2 percent reporting. A lot can change and fast here, though, as it’s still very early with just a couple thousand votes counted so far.

UPDATE 7:42 p.m. ET:

More are coming in in both competitive South Carolina GOP congressional primaries and it’s a mixed bag to start the night for Trump:

UPDATE 7:40 p.m. ET:

The very first results are in now in the 7th congressional district of South Carolina and Trump-backed Russell Fry has a sizable early lead over impeachment backer incumbent Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC). With just 1 percent reporting according to the New York Times, Fry has 32.4 percent to Rice’s 26 percent. Still very early here but decent start for Trump and Fry.

UPDATE 7:33 p.m. ET:

It is also worth noting that Nikki Haley went all in against former President Donald Trump here. Here is an image and video of her campaigning in person with Mace long after Trump endorsed Arrington:

UPDATE 7:26 p.m. ET:

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), it is worth noting, is already officially the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate this year as he seeks another term in office. He ran unopposed in the primary, and is the odds-on favorite to win the general election. His national star continues to rise inside the GOP, too, and he is widely viewed as a potential presidential or vice presidential candidate down the road.

UPDATE 7:24 p.m. ET:

The first votes are now coming in on the GOP side, and Gov. McMaster is way out in front as expected. These votes are outside the primetime congressional primary battles so still waiting.

UPDATE 7:21 p.m. ET:

We’re still awaiting GOP primary results but the very first South Carolina results–from the Democrat primary–are trickling. In the biggest race on the Democrat side, former Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC) is facing Mia McLeod–the first black woman to run for governor–in the gubernatorial primary. Only a couple hundred votes are in here. The winner of that primary is very likely to face Gov. Henry McMaster, who is very likely to fend off a primary challenge tonight.

UPDATE 7:07 p.m. ET:

From President Trump’s team, here are the former commander-in-chief’s endorsements on the line tonight nationwide:

Nevada-Senate: Laxalt, Adam
Nevada-Governor: Lombardo, Joe

North Dakota-Senate: Hoeven, John
North Dakota-AL: Armstrong, Kelly

South Carolina-Senate: Scott, Tim
South Carolina-Governor: McMaster, Henry
South Carolina-Attorney General: Wilson, Alan
South Carolina-01: Arrington, Katie
South Carolina-02 : Wilson, Joe
South Carolina-03 : Duncan, Jeff
South Carolina-04 : Timmons, William
South Carolina-05 : Norman, Ralph
South Carolina-07: Fry, Russell

UPDATE 7:05 p.m. ET:

Polls have closed in South Carolina, and results are expected imminently. Stay tuned for those and as soon as they start trickling in we should start having a picture of what will happen in those two important congressional primaries.

Disclosure: Breitbart News is represented by Cooper & Kirk, PLLC. Adam Laxalt is a partner at Cooper & Kirk. He is not actively engaged or working on any matters for Breitbart News.

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DeceptiCons Led by Nikki Haley Circle Wagons to Assist Rep Nancy Mace Ahead of June 14th South Carolina Primary

DeceptiCons Led by Nikki Haley Circle Wagons to Assist Rep Nancy Mace Ahead of June 14th South Carolina Primary

South Carolina rep Nancy Mace is the typical DC political creature who sheds skin, changes position and manipulates sentences to obfuscate her DeceptiCon nature. In essence, she is the epitome of a new Nikki Haley, so it doesn’t come as a surprise to see Haley and the DeceptiCon crew circle the wagons to protect Mace from the primary challenge of Katie Arrington.

Nikki Haley and her donor allies are pouring money into Mace’s district and putting all their clout behind her race. However, Donald Trump has endorsed Katie Arrington, who is the favorite of the grass roots MAGA base.  If South Carolina republicans want to hit Mitch McConnell and his toady Nikki Haley, then get rid of Nancy Mace.

Katie Arrington won the last straw poll in Nancy Mace’s home county of Berkeley last weekend (76% Arrington, 17% Mace). In part the straw vote difference is driven because Mace is a country club elitist who isn’t interested in the voters, she’s all about the club benefits.  Meanwhile Arrington is driven by the people.

The scale of money being assembled on behalf of Mace tells you everything you need to know about who is trying to join Nikki Haley in defeating MAGA. “a POLITICO review of federal campaign finance records shows at least 335 donors to Mace’s campaign who have previously given to Haley’s PAC. Those contributors include New York hedge fund manager Paul Singer, Chicago investor Ken Griffin and Dallas real estate developer Harlan Crow — and their support has helped Mace raise more than five times as much as Arrington.”  This is the anti-Trump Republican coalition supporting both Nikki Haley and Nancy Mace.

[…] Haley’s assistance to Mace has been particularly extensive. The former ambassador narrated an entire commercial for Mace, in which she describes the congresswoman as “tough as nails.” In March, Haley held a Charleston fundraiser for the candidate that netted more than $300,000. Haley is also expected to aid get-out-the-vote efforts, and her team has been helping raise small-dollar donations.” (read more)

The primary race is next Tuesday, June 14th, and both Nancy Mace and Tom Rice will hopefully be defeated by primary challenges.

“Katie Arrington is running against an absolutely terrible candidate, Congresswoman Nancy Mace, whose remarks and attitude have been devastating for her community, and not at all representative of the Republican Party to which she has been very disloyal. Katie Arrington, on the other hand, is liked and respected and a true Republican.”

~President Donald J Trump.

…”“I don’t think [Trump’s] going to be in the picture,” she said, matter-of-factly. “I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.” […] “We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she said. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”  (link)

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Trump Blasts Reps. Nancy Mace, Liz Cheney at South Carolina Rally

Trump Blasts Reps. Nancy Mace, Liz Cheney at South Carolina Rally

Former President Donald Trump took aim at two vulnerable Republicans facing tough primary challenges during his rally in South Carolina on Saturday night: Reps. Nancy Mace (SC) and Liz Cheney (WY).

“In the first congressional district, you have another horrendous RINO known as crazy Nancy Mace,” the former president said, prompting boos from the crowd. “Two years ago, she begged for my endorsement and then she pledged to be America First.”

“Instead, the first thing Nancy Mace did when she got to Washington was start attacking Republicans and hold a fundraiser for wacky Liz Cheney,” he added.

Speaking over the booing crowd, Trump then hit at Liz Cheney for her participation on the January 6 committee, which he denounced as a “witch hunt.”

“Cheney joined the phony narrative about January 6, she voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt, which was terrible, she’s totally manipulated by raging Never Trumpers and the radical left – Democrats that are poisoning our country. She’s a terrible person and she has no idea what she’s doing.”

The president endorsed Nancy Mace’s primary challenger, Katie Arrington, in February, denouncing Nancy Mace as an “absolutely terrible candidate.”

“Katie Arrington is running against an absolutely terrible candidate, Congresswoman Nancy Mace, whose remarks and attitude have been devastating for her community, and not at all representative of the Republican Party to which she has been very disloyal. Katie Arrington, on the other hand, is liked and respected and a true Republican,” he said.

After Trump endorsed Arrington, Mace made a video of herself appearing before Trump tower in New York, touting herself as one of the president’s early supporters.

“I remember in 2015 when President Trump announced his run, I was one of his earliest supporters. I actually worked for the campaign in 2016. I worked at seven different states across the country to help get him elected,” Mace said.

“I supported him again in 2020 because of policies I believed in,” she added.

Speaking with the State, Mace said the video was not to be seen as her “groveling” for the former president’s approval and could not answer why Trump did not endorse her.

“You’ll need to ask him,” she said of the president’s lack of support.

“If you call it groveling, I would say you didn’t watch the video,” she added. “I think it’s important to know what I said, but also what I didn’t say — present tense versus past tense.”

Mace told the State that she still supports many of the former president’s policies.

During the South Carolina rally, the former president called out Mace for the Trump Tower video:

As Breitbart News previously chronicled, Katie Arrington won the nomination during the 2018 midterm elections when she defeated Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) with the former president’s endorsement. Unfortunately, events did not unfold as she had planned when she was a passenger in a deadly car crash that relegated her to a wheelchair for the rest of the campaign.

“The incident pulled her off the trail for months and seemingly allowed now-former Democrat Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC) to slip past her and take the South Carolina seat — a Democrat win for the first time in decades. Mace then challenged Cunningham in 2020, defeating him and swinging the seat back to the GOP,” Breitbart News reported.

Cheney faces a tough primary challenge in the state of Wyoming, where the state party recently voted that it no longer recognizes her as a Republican. As Breitbart News reported in January, a Wyoming straw poll has Cheney losing to the Trump-backed Harriet Hageman.

“A secret ballot straw poll of Republican party activists gave Hageman 59 votes, a 53 vote lead against Cheney, according to the Casper Star-Tribune. Cheney garnered only six votes, along with state Sen. Anthony Bouchard (R-Cheyenne), who received two votes, and Denton Knapp, who received one vote,” said the report.

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Rep. Nancy Mace: I Will Win Without Trump’s Support

Rep. Nancy Mace: I Will Win Without Trump’s Support

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) has vowed to win reelection in the upcoming primary even though former President Donald Trump has endorsed her Republican challenger, Katie Arrington — one of his early supporters and former national security officials.

Speaking with the State, Mace boldly declared, “I’m gonna win without him.”

The president endorsed Arrington this month, denouncing Nancy Mace as an “absolutely terrible candidate.”

“Katie Arrington is running against an absolutely terrible candidate, Congresswoman Nancy Mace, whose remarks and attitude have been devastating for her community, and not at all representative of the Republican Party to which she has been very disloyal. Katie Arrington, on the other hand, is liked and respected and a true Republican,” he said.

Speaking with Breitbart News, Arrington ripped Nancy Mace for siding with the Democrats on occasion, such as when she voted to hold former Trump adviser and former Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon in contempt over the January 6 subpoena. In one interview after the day of January 6, Mace said Trump “put all of our lives at risk.”

“What we need in Congress are strong, conservative Republicans that are going to be for President Trump’s America First agenda first and foremost,” Arrington said.

Republican nominee for Congress Katie Arrington waves to voters with other supporters at Westview Primary Schools in Goose Creek, S.C., Tuesday, November, 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Republican nominee for Congress Katie Arrington waves to voters with other supporters at Westview Primary Schools in Goose Creek, SC, Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

After Trump endorsed Arrington, Mace made a video of herself appearing before Trump tower in New York, touting herself as one of the president’s early supporters.

“I remember in 2015 when President Trump announced his run, I was one of his earliest supporters. I actually worked for the campaign in 2016. I worked at seven different states across the country to help get him elected,” Mace said.

“I supported him again in 2020 because of policies I believed in,” she added.

Speaking with the State, Mace said the video was not to be seen as her “groveling” for the former president’s approval and could not answer why Trump did not endorse her.

“You’ll need to ask him,” she said of the president’s lack of support.

“If you call it groveling, I would say you didn’t watch the video,” she added. “I think it’s important to know what I said, but also what I didn’t say — present tense versus past tense.”

Mace told the State that she still supports many of the former president’s policies.

As Breitbart News previously chronicled, Arrington won the nomination during the 2018 midterm elections when she defeated Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) with the former president’s endorsement. Unfortunately, events did not unfold as she had planned when she was a passenger in a deadly car crash that relegated her to a wheelchair for the rest of the campaign.

“The incident pulled her off the trail for months and seemingly allowed now-former Democrat Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC) to slip past her and take the South Carolina seat — a Democrat win for the first time in decades. Mace then challenged Cunningham in 2020, defeating him and swinging the seat back to the GOP,” Breitbart News reported.

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Exclusive: PETA VP Blasts ‘Crazy’ NIH Transgender Monkey Experiments, Demands Fauci Be ‘Fired’

Exclusive: PETA VP Blasts ‘Crazy’ NIH Transgender Monkey Experiments, Demands Fauci Be ‘Fired’

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, the vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called for the firing of White House Chief Medical Advisor and Director of the NIAID Dr. Anthony Fauci over “failed” animal experimentation by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), highlighting the billions wasted on cruel projects and “illogical” studies such as attempts at creating transgender monkeys, while praising Republicans for “leading the way” on these issues.

Speaking with Breitbart News on Thursday, PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo, who has served the animal rights group for 33 years, weighed in on the current opposition to “failed” animal experiments, calling attention to the NIH’s squandering of nearly half its annual budget on such failed experiments, as well as her group’s proposed alternative methods of research. 

Scientific Opposition 

Guillermo began by explaining how PETA’s opposition to animal experimentation was always due to “ethical reasons,” however, in recent years, it has seen the “scientific basis” for it as well.

“There have been a number of papers published showing that animal experimentation is failing to lead to treatments for humans,” she said, “and it’s acknowledged by the National Institutes of Health and by the people who use animals.” 

“But for some reason, NIH seems incapable of changing its practices,” she added.

As a result, the group has created a strategy which includes phasing out animal experiments.

“So our scientists developed what we call the ‘research modernization deal’ and it outlines the reasons for ending animal experimentation,” she said. “Using the statistics from the published studies, it offers a strategy for how we can phase it out and what can be done instead.”

“The strategy is essentially: if we know it doesn’t work, stop doing it,” she said. “And for other areas of research where we’re not sure, evaluate those fairly and stop what doesn’t work and fund what does work. It’s common sense and yet somehow NIH seems to need to have common sense put directly in front of them.”

According to Guillermo, after the European Parliament reviewed PETA’s “straightforward” strategy, it directed the European Commission to come up with a plan and timeline for phasing out animal research, as she warned the U.S. “is already going to be falling behind our European allies.”

Citing the figures, she called out the “illogical” pursuit of failed methods.

“The budget for these experiments is about $20 billion, which is so illogical,” she said, noting it is ”about half of NIH’s budget.”

“If you’ve got something that fails more than 90% of the time, and in some disease research areas it’s 100% failure — such as drugs developed using animals for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS, neurological diseases, strokes, and sepsis — and you’re spending 50% of your budget on that, that is just statistically illogical,” she added.

Transgender Monkeys

Among some of the more extreme NIH experimentation “funded by Anthony Fauci’s institute at NIH” during the current pandemic, she noted, is the attempt to create transgender monkeys.

“The idea by the experimenter who’s at Scripps Research in Florida is to study HIV transmission among transgender women,” she said, “but instead of actually working with transgender women, which could be done humanely and non-invasively and would yield results that actually mean something, he has chosen to take male monkeys and give them hormones so that he can ‘feminize’ them and they become models for transgender women.” 

“It’s crazy,” she added. “That’s the only word I think that does it justice.”

Calling it “absurd on so many levels,” she emphasized the ineffectiveness of such research.

“Beyond the obvious absurdity of trying to create a transgender monkey, monkeys don’t even contract HIV,” she said. “They don’t develop AIDS.”

The overwhelming evidence for such, she said, was recently presented to Dr. Fauci by the group.

“We had just gone to Dr. Fauci about a month ago with evidence that the 36 years of HIV experiments on monkeys that his institute has been funding have utterly failed to produce a vaccine for humans,” she said. 

“They’ve produced lots of vaccines that work in monkeys who have a virus that’s kind of like HIV but isn’t,” she added. “But when they try them in humans, they’ve all failed.”

New Methods

Accusing the NIH of having “lost their way,” she listed several reasons she believed the failed experimentation continues.

“I think one of the reasons why it continues is that it has become the goal of most experimenters, most scientists at universities that are funded by NIH and within NIH, to publish a paper, not really to produce a treatment or cure or a vaccine,” she said. 

“And publishing papers is a lot easier than making real change, so that’s part of it,” she added. “We have to stop rewarding that in the absence of actual progress.”

Another reason, she noted, is due to bureaucratic procedures and attempts to maintain budgets.

“The other problem is there’s a certain bureaucratic inertia and many of the people on the committees that review proposals for research projects are themselves animal experimenters,” she said. “That’s what they know. They go to college, they learn how to study a particular thing using animals, they spend their whole careers doing it without ever evaluating whether or not it’s useful, and then they approve people who come up behind them for the same thing.”

“So, we really need to get people in there who have an understanding of modern research methods,” she added.

Guillermo then expanded on the many alternative methods of performing necessary research.

“There are a lot of them, and we’re seeing some uses of them by the pharmaceutical industry — the ones with the 95% failure rate on new medications that seem to work in animals, don’t work in humans,” she said. “Some of these are the organ-on-a-chip technology — the computer modeling of organ systems, which are really sophisticated using supercomputers, artificial intelligence, and the wise and humane use of epidemiological and clinical studies with humans too.”

“Ultimately, humans are the ones that everything is tested on in the end because animals just really aren’t good stand-ins for humans, so doing this wisely from the beginning can make a huge difference,” she added.

Republican Lead

Calling the fight for humane animal treatment in research “a bipartisan issue on the Hill, which I find encouraging,” she credited Republicans with leading on these issues.

“In my experience at PETA, so often, it’s the Republicans who are leading the way on this,” she said. 

Despite the “wide bipartisan support on the Hill,” Guillermo admitted that Dr. Fauci “has not responded to any of our queries yet,” adding she was unaware if he had even responded to Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) who had demanded Fauci answer for “cruel, taxpayer-funded experiments on puppies” and with whom PETA is currently working with. 

Replacing Dr. Fauci

Guillermo was unambiguous about her thoughts on Dr. Fauci’s role at NIH.

I think Fauci should be fired and so should every other director at NIH right now because they’re perpetuating the problem,” she said. “I have no problem saying that.”

“They’re in the way and they need to get out of the way,” she added.

Noting that when “any other line of work produces a 90 to 100% failure rate, usually methods are changed,” Guillermo called for a new NIH head to change its ways.

“That’s really what we’re encouraging here,” she said. “We have to have somebody in charge at NIH, and this will be down to President Biden to appoint somebody worthy of this position, who can take NIH, shake it up, turn it upside down, get rid of the deadwood.”

However, Guillermo did not indicate a specific individual to replace Dr. Fauci.

“There’s not a particular person I have in mind,” she said. “I think there are probably many good people.” 

She then listed the key qualifications she believed a new head must have.

“First, a new director needs to be aware of the information on the failure of animal studies,” she said. 

“And just as important, they need to be willing to lead because we saw even with [NIH Director Dr.] Francis Collins when he came into that position at the beginning of his tenure, he acknowledged the failure of animal studies to translate to human studies and he got tremendous pushback by the animal experimenters,” she added, “and rather than standing up for what he knew was right, he just caved in and said, ‘OK, you’re right. We just need to improve the animal experimenters.’”

Calling for a director “who can really lead in the true sense of the word and who won’t be dominated by political factions within the NIH,” she spoke of the need “to accept the strategy that we’ve put forth in our research modernization deal, which is very straightforward.”

Last month, PETA senior vice president of cruelty investigations Daphna Nachminovitch accused the NIH of involvement in a $1.2 million contract to purchase beagles for “cruel experiments.” 

In October, a non-profit organization called White Coat Waste Project accused Dr. Fauci and the NIH of partially funding experiments in Tunisia, North Africa, that locked beagles’ heads in cages while hordes of hungry sandflies ate them alive.

The non-profit also said it obtained documents through a FOIA request showing that the NIH, led by Fauci, gave Kansas State University $536,311 to conduct an experiment involving hundreds of ticks feasting on live beagle puppies injected with mutant bacteria.

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Exclusive: Candidate Ingrid Centurion Slams Nancy Mace for Turning ‘Her Back on Trump’

Candidate Ingrid Centurion slammed Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) for turning “her back” on Donald Trump once she went to Washington, DC.

Centurion, a former Army and immigration law enforcement veteran, told host Matthew Boyle on Breitbart News Saturday that Mace has not governed the way she campaigned in 2020. “She’s playing both sides. She wants to cater to all those people out there who hate and despise Trump,” she said. “And we see that in her voting record and what she does.”

“When I go to Congress,” Centurion said of her candidacy, “I’m not gonna spend my time with there. I’m gonna spend my time down here in the district – I wanna be with the people.”

“I wanna be able to help the low country people who’ve been here their whole life [and] love this place,” she explained. “We wanna continue to preserve it, to conserve it, to recognize our history,” she said as an entrepreneur, mother of two boys, single mom, and a “disciplined warrior.”

Centurion is also a former science and technology officer who supported border patrol and law enforcement agencies to stop illegal aliens and drugs from crossing into the United States.

“I would be out there in the middle of the night observing, seeing 300 people in Mexico ready to come across,” she said about her former experience. “So we would call out to the border patrol and them know where they are and then the border patrol would go in – one agent by himself in a vehicle and catch these groups,” she said of border patrol agents who stem the flow of migrants.

“People need to understand that border security is so important in America,” she continued. “This requires an immediate and emergency action by our leaders in office. They need to be working with the Mexican government to stop this immediately.”

“When they [migrants] come across that border, they should not be shipped in aircraft around the country; they should actually be put on a bus straight back to Mexico,” she said about the Biden administration’s agenda of flooding America with cheap labor. “I don’t understand why we’re flying them around this country, they [Biden administration] know there are illegal entries,” she said. “We’ve identified them, and this requires immediate action.”

“For our government leaders to just sit back and do nothing, it’s a shame, and if they are doing something, it’s just not enough,” she added.

“What President Biden has done is just a true national security risk to a country. And in less than 10 months, we had so many people come across the border. What is America gonna look like after three more years of this?” she asked. “That’s my number one thing I wanna focus on… national security – threats to this nation – and truly fixing and securing borders – something must be done.”

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EXCLUSIVE — Vulnerable Wisconsin Democrat’s Wife Likes Tweet Saying ‘Everyone Should Be Antifa’ After Nancy Mace’s Home Was Vandalized

Vulnerable Wisconsin Democrat Rep. Ron Kind’s wife, Tawni Kind, recently “liked” a tweet of an Antifa sympathizer who responded to Republican Rep. Nancy Mace’s (SC) tweet regarding her home being vandalized with “spray-painted ANTIFA graffiti.”

The tweet Tawni Kind “liked” recently included a graphic that said, “Antifa stands for anti-fascism.” The tweet has also claimed that veterans who had fought in World War II were a part of Antifa. During World War II, over 400,000 Americans lost their lives, and over 670,000 were wounded in battle.

The tweet Tawni Kind liked also makes clear that “anyone can be Antifa” and that “everyone should be Antifa” since Antifa is not an organization that you need to have a membership card for. The tweet was in response to one of the representative’s Republican colleagues, Mace, who tweeted shortly before that her home was vandalized with “spray-painted ANTIFA graffiti.”

Tawni Kind has since “unliked” the tweet after Breitbart News sent an inquiry to the congressman’s office.

Mace’s original tweet said over the memorial day weekend, early in the day, “my home was vandalized w/ spray-painted ANTIFA graffiti. This kind of illegal act of intimidation shows the destructive division in our country and just how dangerous it can be. We can and must do better.” Mace also released a statement saying she and her kids are thankfully fine while noting, “There is a significant difference between nonviolent protests, and criminal acts of intimidation and vandalism. We should all be able to feel safe in our own homes, regardless of our political beliefs.”

In light of Tawni Kind supporting a tweet about how everyone should join Antifa, Mace told Breitbart News exclusively, “I appreciate Mrs. Kind’s perspective, and I’d be happy to debate the criminality of Antifa at any time.”

“Unfortunately, a lack of membership cards didn’t stop criminals from using Antifa language, hatred, and radicalism to harass me, traumatize my kids, and intimidate my neighbors,” Mace continued to say.

The congresswoman then added, “Antifa is a group of criminals who engage in criminal violence and destruction under the guise of political valor. Some of those criminals targeted my family and this type of rhetoric, endorsed by Mrs. Kind, is disgraceful.”

Breitbart News reached out to Sarah Abel, the communications director for Ron Kind, to request a comment to see if the congressman would denounce Antifa or the attacks on Mace’s house, but Abel did not respond.

Breitbart News reported the special interests and corporations funded trips he went on with Tawni had totaled more than $110,000. The report noted the 14 trips taken by Kind, which span over the course of two decades.

The report further added:

He has taken trips everywhere from Tel Aviv to Geneva to Rome to Munich to Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans to Houston to Seattle and more, funded by various different special interest groups and corporations.

The documents, while filed with the House Ethics Committee as required by congressional ethics regulations, have not been publicly reported until now. Kind’s office declined to make the congressman available for an interview to explain his high-class globetrotting on special interest groups’ dimes, and would not provide a comment in response to these revelations.

This comes as the Republican campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), unleashed billboards across Kind’s district to highlight the seedy massage parlor scandal looming over his career, from which he’s taken tens-of-thousands of dollars in income. The seedy massage parlor has been advertising its spa on websites notorious for prostitution advertisements. Some of these websites appear to be RubMaps, AssortList, and BodyRubsMap.

However, Breitbart News’s Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle exclusively uncovered that the building in La Crosse, which is owned by Kind and where he rents to the current seedy massage parlor, has been known to have a history of being a “house of prostitution.”

Resurfaced newspaper reports from the 1970s and 1980s indicated that there is proof that the location was previously busted by law enforcement for running a “house of prostitution.” But, with all of the information resurfacing about the massage parlors, Kind said the articles are “baseless smear rooted in racism and insinuations.” Kind had added, “Tawni and I have never received any complaint from the community or police about this small business.”

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