Reporters Die Laughing Over January 6th Joke

( Wednesday night was the annual dinner of the Washington Press Club Foundation, one of many amusing galas where politicians and journalists make fun of the individuals, actions, and inactions that impact the lives of 330 million Americans.

During the dinner, Nancy Mace, the Representative of South Carolina, made jokes about the Jan. 6 riot, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s anti-Semitic remarks, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida’s child trafficking investigation, and even the 15 votes and significant concessions to the right-wing Freedom Caucus required for Rep. Kevin McCarthy to be elected House speaker. She made the remarks in frequently lewd terms.

Although she typically votes along party lines and has started to use some of the same rhetoric, Mace has worked hard to build a reputation as a different kind of Republican—one willing to publicly criticize former President Donald J. Trump and the party’s embrace of the far right.

Making fun of Gaetz and his alleged underage affairs, Mace said, “Let’s face it: We all knew Matt Gaetz would never allow the vote to reach 18,” and stated that Mr. Gaetz would have attended had he been able to find a babysitter “to be his date.”

Mace was able to include two of the most significant political elephants in any room featuring congressional Republicans into one joke: Representative George Santos of New York, one of the G.O.P.’s newly elected members, faked practically his entire resume, and Mr. Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

“Who really makes up playing volleyball in college?” Santos, among other things, claimed to have played volleyball for Baruch College. “Like, who does that? If you’re going to lie, at least make it about a significant event, such as the fact that you truly won the 2020 presidential election.”

For Ms. Mace, no subject seemed off limits — not even Trump supporters’ storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. She said, “I know everyone thinks Republicans aren’t funny, but if you get a bunch of us together, we can be a real riot.”

After her performance, many uptight conservatives would say, “ DO quit your day job.”