By Annie Grayer, CNN
The Charleston South Carolina Police Department has opened an investigation into a vandalism incident at the home of Republican Rep. Nancy Mace, a department spokeswoman told CNN.
Mace announced Tuesday that his home in Charleston was vandalized with blasphemy and graffiti, as the question of how members protect themselves in their home districts remains a challenge, especially in the wake of the January 6 violent uprising in United States Capitol.
In a video released Tuesday, Mace detailed vandalism in and around his home, showing where phrases such as “pass the pro act” (a reference to a bill that encourages unionization) were found, as well as “all politicians are bastards “,” F * ck you Nancy “and 3 Antifa symbols were spray painted.
“I got up this morning to have my house vandalized last night,” Mace said in the video. “What makes me so angry is that it’s a house where I live with my kids, my two kids.”
Charleston Police Department public information officer Charles E. Francis confirmed to CNN that the department is investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made.
Thanking his local police department for responding to the incident, Mace said in a press release: “I am sincerely grateful that law enforcement has done everything possible to find the criminal offenders who vandalized my house with symbols and languages antifa on Memorial Day “.
Mace also used the case of vandalism in his home to address the tense nature of the current political environment.
“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 home, regardless of our political beliefs,” Mace said. “I demand everyone take “It’s time to think about your words and your actions right now. And it’s not just social media, it’s our words that affect real people and affect real life. We should think about lowering it a little bit.”
“I hope people realize how hard I am working with both sides of the aisle, a particularly difficult task, given the vitriol of our current political environment. We can and should do better for our communities and for to the American people, ”Mace added.
U.S. Capitol police announced on May 7 that there has been a 107% increase in threats against members of Congress this year compared to 2020, with that number expected to increase.
As members continue to clash over how to insure their home districts, the House of Representatives approved a $ 1.9 billion spending bill to increase security at the U.S. Capitol in response to the deadly January 6 uprising with money specifically earmarked for the personal safety of members. and its district offices.
The plan would have $ 7.4 million set aside to increase the security of lawmakers, including threat assessments, and $ 10.6 million would go to security measures and the installation of camera systems in the offices of the legislature. district for members.
Now that the House has passed the bill, it will have to pass the Senate before it can go to President Joe Biden’s office.