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U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., is seen on the House floor as lawmakers in Washington, D.C. held a second vote on Oct. 18, 2023 to elect a new House Speaker.
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On October 18, 2023, during a second vote to choose a new House Speaker in Washington, D.C., U.S. Representative Nancy Mace, R-S.C., is pictured on the House floor.

On Wednesday, Hunter Biden verbally attacked House Republicans without uttering a word. How are we aware? Because when Biden abruptly turned up unexpectedly at a House Oversight Committee meeting and sat in the gallery quietly, Rep. Nancy Mace of Charleston lost it.

Mace is simply the most recent in a long line of influential people who, when things don’t go their way, behave like little children in public.

All that President Biden did was call the bluff of Republicans who have continued to stage a pretense of a “investigation” with the purported goal of exposing Biden’s malfeasance.

There is absolutely no proof that the president did anything unlawful or even wrong during his tenure as vice president thus far. As a result, they were forced to feed misinformation to the Fox News crew and attempt to set Hunter Biden up for an obviously dishonest fallout from his father.

The disturbed adult son of the president has consented to publicly respond to inquiries from Republicans on his business practices.

Republicans in the House have insisted that it be done in a deposition held behind closed doors. Anyone who has been following along is aware of the reason. Even though there isn’t any proof that President Biden has done anything unlawful, a deposition like this would make it simple for ill-intentioned Republicans like Mace to misrepresent Hunter Biden’s remarks and leak them to their allies in the right-wing media in order to malign his father. That strategy won’t work at a live hearing that will probably be covered by a number of major news organizations.

Mace is aware of this. That’s the reason she became enraged when Hunter Biden appeared on Wednesday, prepared to talk.

“You are the picture of white privilege; you entered the Oversight Committee, spit in our faces, and disregarded a subpoena from Congress demanding your removal. What fears do you have? You’re not really funny,” she yelled.

“It’s no secret that Hunter Biden is using his privilege to evade any sense of accountability,” she reiterated in a later tweet. His appearance in the People’s House was a publicity ploy. The fact that my colleagues across the aisle are supporting him while he spits in the face of the American people is abhorrent.

In a subsequent tweet, she went all in, absurdly asserting that Hunter Biden “ran as fast as he could after I confronted him” because House Republicans had once again denied him the opportunity to testify in public. As a Republican congresswoman from Georgia started speaking, he walked out. She had before showed him in naked images during a prior clown show of a hearing.

Notably, Mace has said very little about the $7.8 million that foreign governments are known to have given Donald Trump’s businesses during his presidency, or about the $2 billion that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a high-ranking official in the Trump administration, received from the Saudi crown prince just a few months after they left the White House. Hunter Biden is not a former governmental servant.

A few months ago, Republican Representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina had a similar outburst when someone dared question her colleague and then-GOP nominee for speaker, Mike Johnson, about his involvement in efforts to sabotage the 2020 election.

Don’t they get sick of making fun of themselves? Don’t they get sick of making us look bad?

You would think that eventually people would prefer that the US cease being a laughingstock and quit sending kids to represent us in Washington.

Perhaps we are getting close to that. Perhaps that is what 2024 will bring: a consensus among Americans of all origins, ideologies, and political leanings that it is time to stop giving undue influence and support to irresponsible people. We’ll be leaders-in-name-only like Mace until we accomplish it.

Isaac Bailey writes opinion pieces for McClatchy about the Carolinas.

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