May 23, 2022

Madison Cawthorn

First-term U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn lost his Republican primary race [last] Tuesday to state Sen. Chuck Edwards… Cawthorn faced negative publicity for speeding and gun violations, as well as for calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a ‘thug.’ He also infuriated fellow Republicans in Congress when he alleged on a podcast that he had been invited to an orgy in Washington.” AP News

Following his loss, Cawthorn posted on Instagram that “The time for genteel politics as usual has come to an end. It’s time for the rise of the new right, it’s time for Dark MAGA to truly take command. We have an enemy to defeat, but we will never be able to defeat them until we defeat the cowardly and weak members of our own party. Their days are numbered. We are coming.” Instagram

Both sides are critical of Cawthorn’s record:

“Among [Cawthorn’s] more notable transgressions: He has been cited (twice) in recent months for trying to board a plane with a gun. He has been busted twice for driving with a revoked license. He has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women and of having an inappropriate relationship with a male aide. He has brazenly lied about his background, including key details of the 2014 car crash that left him with limited use of his legs. He is facing accusations of insider trading…

“But wait! There’s more! Mr. Cawthorn has said nasty things about Volodymyr Zelensky, even as the Ukrainian president struggles to defend his nation from the butchery of Vladimir Putin. Cheering the not-guilty verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who killed two people during the unrest after the police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha, Wis., Mr. Cawthorn urged his social media followers to ‘be armed, be dangerous.’ And he has been among the most aggressive, irresponsible peddlers of Mr. Trump’s election-fraud lies, at one point warning that if America’s election systems ‘continue to be rigged’ and ‘stolen,’ the result can only be ‘bloodshed.’… America is better off without Mr. Cawthorn in Congress.”
Michelle Cottle, New York Times

“Just a sampling of Cawthorn’s misdeeds, since he entered Congress, reads like a cheap thug’s rap sheet. He has been stopped by airport security for attempting to bring a gun through, twice. He’s been stopped for driving with a revoked license, and is charged with that violation. He’s brought disgrace to his party, and to the institution of Congress, through his crude behavior, and accusations of others inviting him to orgies and drug-infused parties…

“The 26-year-old Cawthorn rode to prominence as a good-looking, wheelchair-bound young man with a story of overcoming challenges. He spoke well and even I believed he had potential after his appearance at the Republican National Convention. But character has a way of displaying itself in even the most publicly curated individuals.”
Steve Berman, Racket News

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