New rift opens between U.S. House Republicans over bigotry claims

FILE PHOTO: Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S. February 27, 2021. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

By David Morgan

WASHINGTON – A new fault line opened between Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, as lawmakers squabbled publicly over accusations of religious bigotry and racism among party conservatives.

In a fight that could further complicate Republican efforts to forge unity ahead of next year’s elections, firebrand congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene on Twitter branded Representative Nancy Mace as “trash” for criticizing Republican Lauren Boebert for remarks about a Democrat that have been decried as Islamaphobic.