Republican women have also been breaking glass ceilings

Rep.-elect Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that Republican women have also been breaking glass ceilings, especially in this year’s election.



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GOP congresswoman-elect: Republican women have also been breaking glass ceilings

Mace told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the 2018 flood of Democratic women elected to Congress inspired GOP women to run, leading them to more than double their numbers in the House.

“It’s not just Democrat women who have a monopoly on breaking glass ceilings,” Mace told CNN. “Republican women have been doing it all year long in these elections all across the country.”

Mace also cited GOP women’s success to the fact that the party “had more women running this year.”

“If women want a seat at the table, then we’ve got to raise our hand and say we’re gonna step into the arena, risk it all and we’re gonna run,” she said. “And we have to have more women run to win.”

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“We can’t just do this this year in 2020,” she added. “This is something we have to do, especially in the House, every two years.”

CNN’s Dana Bash pointed out that the Democrats still have more women in the House, with at least 89 representatives, while Republicans currently are slated to have at least 28 congresswomen.

“Democrats have just done a better job at recruiting women to run,” Mace said. “I believe the Republican Party – they’ve finally come around.”

“I look at our freshmen class right now, and we really reflect the faces of America – the diversity and the inclusion we have in the Republican Party,” she added. “That is our future, and if we don’t get on board with recruiting the right people – minorities, women, veterans, etc. – then we’re gonna lose in the future.”

Rep.-elect Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) told CNN in the dual-interview with Mace that she’s “always known” the GOP is a “big-tent party” that includes women and others from different backgrounds.

“I think what you’re gonna see is a group of individuals who are going to serve as a counterbalance to the values of the socialist squad,” Malliotakis said. “I mean what we stand for are freedom, liberty – we love this nation. We want to see it prevail.”

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Secret Hasidic wedding with hundreds of attendees fined $15,000 for breaking coronavirus rules

Now, city leaders say they’re taking action. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said the event’s organizers will be fined $15,000 for violating pandemic restrictions, adding that more penalties could come.

“What we do know is unquestionably it was too many people,” De Blasio told reporters on Tuesday. “It appears that there was a very conscious effort to conceal what was going on. And that’s what makes it even more unacceptable.”

The wedding, organized by leaders of the Satmar sect, was the latest act of defiance against pandemic rules in Brooklyn’s Hasidic community, which health officials have cited for ignoring mask regulations and driving local spikes in the virus. Tensions boiled over in October, when hundreds of Orthodox Jews took to the streets to protest new restrictions on religious gatherings, clashing with the police and burning masks.

The conflicts come as coronavirus cases are on the rise in New York. The state reported 4,881 new cases and 45 new deaths on Tuesday, according to The Washington Post’s coronavirus tracker. In the past week, the percentage of new daily reported cases and deaths, as well as the percentage of covid-related hospitalizations have all risen in the state.

This was not the first time the Yetev Lev D’Satmar synagogue has come into conflict with officials over a wedding. In October, the state health commissioner personally intervened to shut down a planned wedding for the grandson of Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, the synagogue’s rabbi, that could have drawn 10,000 guests, the New York Times reported.

This month, for the wedding of the grandson of another rabbi, the sect’s leaders worked to keep the celebration a secret, according to Der Blatt, a Yiddish-language paper. The newspaper said it was aware of the wedding plans but remained quiet “so as not to attract an evil eye from the ravenous press and government officials,” reported the Times, which obtained a translated copy of the article.

But how did hundreds of attendees keep the secret?

“All notices about upcoming celebrations,” Der Blatt wrote, per the Times translation, “were passed along through word of mouth, with no notices in writing, no posters on the synagogue walls, no invitations sent through the mail, nor even a report in any publication, including this very newspaper.”

The wedding lasted more than four hours, the Times reported. Representatives of the Yetev Lev D’Satmar congregation did not respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment as of early Wednesday morning.

On Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) blasted the synagogue over the event, calling it a “blatant disregard of the law” that was “disrespectful to the people of New York.”

If the event’s organizers kept it “secret” due to the state health commissioner’s move to block October’s wedding at the synagogue, he said, that act of defiance would be “shocking.” The governor was also skeptical that local officials wouldn’t have been alerted to such a large gathering.

“If 7,000 people went to a wedding, you can figure that out right?” Cuomo

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