Former President Donald Trump delivers remarks
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Donald Trump Slams 'Disloyal' Republican Nancy Mace

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Mar. 17 2022, Published 1:41 p.m. ET

Former President Donald Trump has made it clear that he intends to run for the White House in 2024, and he appears to be doing his best to consolidate his power in the Republican Party.

Since leaving office, Trump has sought to purge "disloyal" lawmakers from the GOP, endorsing MAGA candidates across the country.

In a statement released on Thursday, the former commander-in-chief took aim at Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace, describing her as "nasty."

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Trump Blasts Mace

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In the statement, which was released via Twitter, Trump first slammed Fox News for platforming Mace.

"Fox News is putting on the terrible Nancy Mace of South Carolina at every opportunity they get. Fox Board Member (too bad!) Paul Ryan is pushing her so hard it’s ridiculous," the former president began.

He then attacked Mace and expressed support for her GOP opponent, Kate Arrington.

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She’s nasty, disloyal, and bad for the Republican Party. Her opponent, Katie Arrington, is wonderful and will do a much better job for both South Carolina and the Republican Party. Katie Arrington has my Complete and Total Endorsement!

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Why Is Trump Attacking Mace?

As reported by The State, Mace was a loyal supporter of Trump and even worked on his first presidential campaign back in 2016.

Mace did not vote to impeach Trump after the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, but she criticized his refusal to accept the results of the 2020 election.

Several Trump administration officials, including Nikki Haley, have already endorsed Mace for reelection, but Trump has apparently not forgiven her for crossing him.

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Katie Arrington

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Arrington was a special guest at Trump's South Carolina rally on Saturday.

She introduced herself to the crowd as "Trump-endorsed, America first candidate," and delivered a fiery speech in which she praised Trump, spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, and attacked Mace.

Arrington called Mace a "turncoat" and a "RINO," or Republican in name only, and likened her to Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.

Cheney, unlike Mace, voted to impeach Trump for inciting violence on January 6 and has long been one of his staunchest conservative critics.

Arrington On Mace

In her speech, Arrington repeatedly accused Mace of betraying Trump.

"She turned her back on President Trump. She turned her back on me. She turned her back on you. I don’t know about you, but that makes me mad," Arrington said.

She also slammed Mace for failing to "send back" 2020 election results for review.

"I find that deplorable, I find that inexcusable," she said.

South Carolina's GOP primary will take place on June 14.

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