#### lpetrich

##### Contributor
This young man is one of the youngest people ever elected to the US Congress, pressing against the 25-year minimum age. He is far from alone in that, but he is currently the youngest person in Congress, beating AOC, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

His district is NC-11, and it contains most of western North Carolina.

Madison Cawthorn wants to be the AOC of the GOP - Sep 23
She's definitely the vanguard for her party right now,' the 25-year-old congressional candidate says of AOC, 'and that's something I want to be for the Republican Party'

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Cawthorn was invited to address the Republican National Convention in late August. During his speech on the third night of the convention, the camera zoomed out to show him seated in a wheelchair as he spoke about his effort to overcome adversity and empower himself after a near-fatal car accident six years ago left him paralyzed from the waist down.

“I say to Americans who love our country, young and old, be a radical for freedom, be a radical for liberty, and be a radical for our republic, for which I stand,” Madison Cawthorn concluded, rendering his statement literal by lifting himself, with the aid of a walker, out of his wheelchair and onto his feet.
He talked about visiting Adolf Hitler's mountain villa Eagle's Nest, calling him "the Führer".
“I’m not focused on tearing down statues. I’m not focused on gender reassignment surgery. I’m not focused on incremental GDP growth,” said Cawthorn, who believes that his message will resonate with voters. “I’m focused on dining room politics, what matters to a young family sitting around their tables with their kids.”

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The young candidate positioned himself as fervently pro-Israel, assuring JI that he would push for a “stronger Zionist state” should he be elected to the House. Cawthorn reserved harsh criticism for the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement, which he characterized as “a hate organization” and an “antisemitic indoctrination movement.”
“I’ve learned a lot — that the Jewish community is just really, mainly a cultural community,” Cawthorn said. “It’s not so much religious. And then, I also learned pretty heavily that there’s a difference between Judaism and Zionism. And, you know, I think I’ve really gotten a lot of insight as to why a lot of Jews vote Democrat.”
Like not caring enough about Israel, he claims.
Cawthorn — who is Christian and considers himself an “entity of God, as all Christians should” — described his first and only trip to Israel in 2018 as a spiritual journey. “It was a religious expedition, I would say, to go see all these Bible stories I’ve heard from a very young age, to go see the places that are connected with them,” said Cawthorn, who was coincidentally in Israel during the ceremony relocating the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Though Madison Cawthorn did not earn Trump’s imprimatur during the primary, he casts himself as a strong supporter of the president’s goals, particularly on foreign policy.

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Cawthorn, whose policy priorities include deregulating healthcare and making infrastructural improvements to broadband, entered the race for Meadows’s seat because he saw, as he put it, “a deficit of courage in the Republican Party.”

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In a recent debate, Cawthorn denied allegations of sexual impropriety, including forcible kissing and unwanted touching reported by the Christian evangelical news magazine World. “I have never done anything sexually inappropriate in my life,” he said.
He has had to explain why he used the acronym SPQR - an acronym that some white nationalists use. It's Senatus Populusque Romanus - roughly "Senate and People of Rome" in Latin.

As to him and AOC,
“I see myself as akin to her in a lot of ways,” Madison Cawthorn said. “I think that most of her policies and ideologies are pretty asinine, but I will tell you that the way she goes about executing them, I think, is incredible. I think it’s very effective. I think that’s something that Republicans need to learn from, just because she is influencing an entire generation. I mean, she’s doing a great job of it, too. And I’m sure her and I will get along when I get to Congress, but I doubt we will get along well on the House floor, just because we have very different political beliefs.”

“She’s definitely the vanguard for her party right now,” Cawthorn added, “and that’s something I want to be for the Republican Party.”

#### lpetrich

##### Contributor
Trump’s golden boy no shoo-in for red North Carolina seat - POLITICO - Nov 1
Madison Cawthorn, the paraplegic survivor of a near-fatal car crash, achieved instant star power after a June primary in which he toppled the candidate endorsed by both President Donald Trump and former GOP Rep. Mark Meadows, who resigned the seat to become the president’s chief of staff. Armed with his newfound fame, Cawthorn has centered his campaign on a scathing critique of his own party, calling it xenophobic, feckless and devoid of empathy — all while aligning himself closely with a president accused of embodying those very traits.

“I definitely am running against the Republican Party,” he said in an interview this week, calling the GOP “timid” on everything from race to immigration to health care. “They’re a party that doesn’t try to tackle real issues. They are a party that always says no to things.”
He gripes that the Republican Party is very bad at presenting its policies, policies he considers mostly right.
On immigration, “we come across extremely xenophobic,” he said. “When we say we want a secure border — it sounds like, 'Oh, well. It’s because you don’t like people that are brown.'” On health care, the GOP has offered nothing: “I’m a pretty astute person. When they say repeal and replace, I have absolutely zero idea what they plan to replace Obamacare with."

“We should be thought leaders in America," he said. "And, you know, we shouldn’t even be in these large social-issue debates with the Democratic Party.”
He called Republicans' failure to connect with young voters a "generational time bomb".

His opponent Moe Davis:
On the trail, he repeatedly cast Cawthorn as a clueless 20-something "with no education, no training, no experience that qualifies him for the job.”

He seems shocked that anyone could see Cawthorn as qualified to serve in Congress. In an interview, Davis rattled off a list of times he said his opponent seemed to be unaware of basic facts, including when he suggested he would be sworn in this month instead of in January; and an interview in which he suggested Congress could have over 500 members after the next census.

“He wants to write the tax code, but he can’t manage his own taxes. He wants to regulate insurance, but he’s still on his daddy’s policy,” Davis said. “He’s never had a mortgage. He’s never had a student loan, never had a full-time job.”
Moe Davis was not alone.
And some in the GOP have questioned how much Cawthorn can tout an inclusive message while firmly backing Trump.

“It makes nice rhetoric,” said Bob Orr, a former Republican state Supreme Court justice who opposes Trump and voted for Davis. Orr said he understands some of Cawthorn’s critiques of the party but is unclear on how he would reform it.

“I’ve seen nothing in his very brief tenure on the political stage to show that he’s willing to back anything or advocate for anything that would reverse that perception,” he said.

#### lpetrich

##### Contributor
Madison Cawthorn won the election by a 12% margin.

Madison Cawthorn, the GOP's young star, arrives in Washington
The first thing he did, according to a post on his Instagram page published the following day, was bow his head in prayer and “give glory to God.” But the first thing many outside his immediate orbit saw was a short but provocative tweet that was far less conciliatory than the seemingly inclusive message he had preached throughout his campaign.

“Cry more, lib,” Cawthorn wrote at 9:24 p.m., just a few minutes after the election had been called.
From freshman orientation,
“It’s actually incredible,” Cawthorn said of orientation. “I’m a lover of history, so it’s incredible to be in a place where we had the vote to decide to have the Emancipation Proclamation, where we decided to go to World War II, where the civil rights battles were fought. I mean, it’s just, I got to spend about 30 minutes all by myself on the House floor yesterday — and just to be frank with you, I was in awe.”
Except that the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order, not anything decided by Congress.

On meeting AOC,
“I’m looking forward to it, though, for sure,” he said. “Disagree with just about everything she believes in, but I think that we need more people of conviction.”

#### lpetrich

##### Contributor
Then on religion,
After the crash, he also picked up a sideline as a preacher, delivering sermons to churches throughout North Carolina. “It really gave me a great platform to really share my testimony,” he said.

The congressman-elect, who was raised Baptist but is now nondenominational, said that he is a devout Christian. “I would say I have a very, very, very strong faith and [am] very grounded in the actual word,” he told JI, adding that he had read through “just about every single religious work there is,” including the Torah and the Quran.
The Torah is not a separate work but either Jewish religious lore in general or the first five books of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible / Tanakh. The former includes the OT and the Talmud, a huge bulk of writings from Roman-Empire-era rabbis.
“The thing I found when I was actually reading through the Quran is that Christianity — that is a very easy switch to make to lead a Muslim to Christ,” Cawthorn said.

“They believe Jesus is a real person,” he said of Muslims. “They believe he was a prophet, though. And so when you’re trying to lead an atheist to Christ, or, say, kind of a traditional Jewish person, you kind of have to make people really — you have to sell Jesus a lot, because, one, they don’t really believe that, you know — some very devout Jews just think he’s kind of a good guy. That’s great. But, you know, the Muslims, they already believe that he was somewhat divine, and so all you have to do is just be like, he wasn’t just a good man, he was a god, and now if you can submit to that then you believe in Christ.”
Muslims believe that Jesus Christ was an inspired prophet, a predecessor of Mohammed.
Had he ever tried to convert any Jews to the Christian faith?

“I have,” he said with a laugh. “I have, unsuccessfully. I have switched a lot of, uh, you know, I guess, culturally Jewish people. But being a practicing Jew, like, people who are religious about it, they are very difficult. I’ve had a hard time connecting with them in that way.”

#### lpetrich

##### Contributor
Olivia Nuzzi on Twitter: "Madison Cawthorn compares himself to “a Harry Potter or a Gandalf.” He says there’s “no limitations” on your power as a member of congress — “aside from what the Supreme Court will allow you to do.” (links)" / Twitter
During an interview with the columnist John Solomon (famous for spreading Ukrainian-themed conspiracy theories ahead of the first Trump impeachment), Cawthorn described his new station in magical terms. "You think of a Harry Potter or a Gandalf in one of these great works of fiction," he said. "They're handed a wand. And you as the viewer, you don't exactly know what they can do with that wand, but you know it holds incredible power. That's a lot what it's like coming into Congress, because there's really no limitations onto what you can and cannot do in Congress. Aside from what the Supreme Court will allow you to do."
Cute.

##### Veteran Member
Olivia Nuzzi on Twitter: "Madison Cawthorn compares himself to “a Harry Potter or a Gandalf.” He says there’s “no limitations” on your power as a member of congress — “aside from what the Supreme Court will allow you to do.” (links)" / Twitter
During an interview with the columnist John Solomon (famous for spreading Ukrainian-themed conspiracy theories ahead of the first Trump impeachment), Cawthorn described his new station in magical terms. "You think of a Harry Potter or a Gandalf in one of these great works of fiction," he said. "They're handed a wand. And you as the viewer, you don't exactly know what they can do with that wand, but you know it holds incredible power. That's a lot what it's like coming into Congress, because there's really no limitations onto what you can and cannot do in Congress. Aside from what the Supreme Court will allow you to do."
Cute.

The evil wizards had wands too.

#### Angry Floof

##### Tricksy Leftits
Staff member
Olivia Nuzzi on Twitter: "Madison Cawthorn compares himself to “a Harry Potter or a Gandalf.” He says there’s “no limitations” on your power as a member of congress — “aside from what the Supreme Court will allow you to do.” (links)" / Twitter
During an interview with the columnist John Solomon (famous for spreading Ukrainian-themed conspiracy theories ahead of the first Trump impeachment), Cawthorn described his new station in magical terms. "You think of a Harry Potter or a Gandalf in one of these great works of fiction," he said. "They're handed a wand. And you as the viewer, you don't exactly know what they can do with that wand, but you know it holds incredible power. That's a lot what it's like coming into Congress, because there's really no limitations onto what you can and cannot do in Congress. Aside from what the Supreme Court will allow you to do."
Cute.

That's a shitload of dumb white people scandal waiting to happen.

#### lpetrich

##### Contributor
That WaPo article is fun: How the career of Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a new star of the pro-Trump right, has relied on falsehoods - The Washington Post - "Cawthorn has emerged as one of the most visible figures among newly arrived House Republicans, who have promoted baseless assertions and pushed a radicalized ideology that has become a driving force in the GOP"

As part of a speech in the chapel of the conservative Xian college that he went to,
Cawthorn said a close friend had crashed the car in which he was a passenger and fled the scene, leaving him to die “in a fiery tomb.” Cawthorn was “declared dead,” he said in the 2017 speech at Patrick Henry College. He said he told doctors that he expected to recover and that he would “be at the Naval Academy by Christmas.”

Key parts of Cawthorn’s talk, however, were not true. The friend, Bradley Ledford, who has not previously spoken publicly about the chapel speech, said in an interview that Cawthorn’s account was false and that he pulled Cawthorn from the wreckage. An accident report obtained by The Washington Post said Cawthorn was “incapacitated,” not that he was declared dead. Cawthorn himself said in a lawsuit deposition, first reported by the news outlet AVL Watchdog, that he had been rejected by the Naval Academy before the crash.
He soon dropped out, with mostly D's.

When he ran for Congress last year, he repeated his false claim about the accident derailing his plans to go to the Naval Academy. At 25, he is one of the youngest people ever elected to the US Congress, and he is the youngest one in the current Congress, the "baby of the House". AOC was the previous one.

But AOC did well in college, getting "cum laude" (with praise) recommendation. That put her in the top 1/3 of her Boston University graduating class. There were some higher awards that she didn't get. Those were "magna cum laude" (with great praise), for the top 1/6, and "summa cum laude" (with top praise), for the top 100. But even then, she could not have done as well with mostly D's.
He promptly used his newfound fame to push baseless allegations about voting fraud on Twitter in a video viewed 4 million times, which President Donald Trump retweeted, saying, “Thank you Madison!” Then Cawthorn spoke at the Jan. 6 rally where a mob was incited to storm the U.S. Capitol, again alleging fraud and extolling the crowd’s courage in comparison with the “cowards” in Congress. He returned to the Capitol, where he falsely claimed that insurrectionists had been “paid by the Democratic machine.”
So the "Democratic machine" paid several hundred Trumpies to lynch them? These "false flag" conspiracy theories are laughable. They require a logistical nightmare that stretches credulity. Like recruiting large numbers of people who had been Trumpies for months and years.

#### lpetrich

##### Contributor
But an examination by The Post of how he ascended so quickly shows how even one of the most neophyte elected Republicans is adopting the Trump playbook, making false statements about his background, issuing baseless allegations about voter fraud and demonizing his political opponents.

#### untermensche

##### Contributor
His campaign endorser, former sheriff George Erwin Jr., now regrets his endorsement of MC.
Erwin went on Facebook after the Capitol riot and wrote: “I apologize to all of my law enforcement friends, other politicians, family and friends — I was wrong, I misled you. When I saw [Cawthorn’s] speech to the crowd in Washington I thought this is not good. … Your words can incite or calm. I saw no calming words and people died and were injured.”

Erwin confirmed that he wrote the post and expressed profound remorse. “I was filled with hope for him,” Erwin said. “And that hope was dashed and it was crushed. And that’s on me. That’s why I had to apologize to folks.”

His Congressional committee assignments are rather curious.

For someone who got mostly D's in college, he got into the Education & Labor Committee.

For someone who was rejected by the Naval Academy, he got into the Veterans Affairs Committee.

To be fair being rejected by any of the service academies is not a big deal. It is very competitive.

But lying about it shows this man's character.

Or rather lack of it.

#### lpetrich

##### Contributor
Madison Cawthorn Encourages Americans To 'Raise Monsters'
The right-wing congressman appeared in a clip shared by activist group Right Wing Watch, where he railed against parents who “de-masculate young men” because “they don’t want people who are going to stand up.” Cawthorn continued, “All you moms here — the ones who I said are the most vicious in our movement — if you are raising a young man, please raise them to be a monster.”
noting
Right Wing Watch on Twitter: "Complaining that "our culture today is trying to completely demasculate all the young men," Rep. Madison Cawthorn issues a plea to parents: "If you are raising a young man, please raise them to be a monster." (vid link)" / Twitter
Back to the article.
Cawthorn’s gross advice was met with some whistles and cheers, as he promotes outdated ideas to foster and grow toxic masculinity. Because for men like Madison Cawthorn, being brutish, controlling, and monstrous is analogous with being a man. Naturally, Cawthorn himself embraces these ideals.

When he’s not visiting Hitler’s vacation retreat, he has a pattern of sexually harassing women.

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And being a classic overachiever, Cawthorn has displayed monstrous behavior throughout his short tenure in congress. He voted against renewing the Violence Against Women Act, and referred to the Capitol riot insurrectionists as “political hostages.

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
That's okay. I'm raising my daughter to tear the testicles off of monsters.

Cawthorn is about as unqualified to manage a fast food joint, forget serve in Congress. His only accomplishment was recovering from a brutal car accident, of which he has lied about many times.

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#### lpetrich

##### Contributor
'Ambitious cowardice at its worst': North Carolina Republicans are furious with Madison Cawthorn - Raw Story - Celebrating 17 Years of Independent Journalism
According to a report from the Citizen Times, Rep. Madison Cawthorn's (R-NC) decision to switch districts -- and derail a popular Republican Party lawmaker's plan to run for that seat -- has rankled GOP insiders in the state who are growing tired of his act.

Cawthorn -- who has allied himself with attention-seeking GOP lawmakers like Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) -- decided to abandon North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District for another, the 13th, that has been made even more Republican-friendly which led to Tim Moore of Cleveland County to step aside after Cawthron launched a broadside at him.

With the report stating, "Moore was the longest-serving speaker in the history of the North Carolina House. And never mind that, thanks to Moore’s legislative allies, the new 13th Congressional District had been tailor-made for him so he could fulfill a dream to serve in Washington," Tom Fielder adds that Cawthorn's move has set off an "uncivil war" among North Carolina Republicans.

According to Charles Jeter Jr., an influential ex-Republican state representative, "This isn’t a noble effort. This is ambitious cowardice at its worst."

More to the point, Jeter wrote, "He's an embarrassment that we need to defeat.”
NC-11 is in the NW of the state and NC-13 is in the SW, just west of Charlotte.

What drama llama.

#### Swammerdami

Staff member
I'd barely heard of this jerk, so clicked on Wikipedia. Like his idol, he's a serial liar. He lied about his accident; he lied that the injuries prevented his admission to the Naval Academy (he was rejected prior to the accident); he lied about his work experience. Another of his resume bullets: He's a serial harasser of females.

He did get admitted to some college, but dropped out with mostly D's. His excuse for the D's? The brain injury left him less intelligent and unable to learn. This is a qualification for Congress??? When he throws his hat in the ring for POTUS in 2032, will his campaign motto be "Not as stupid as Don Junior!" ?

He's the guy hoping to hire Kyle Rittenshit as an intern.

On political issues, he seems to follow his Fuhrer Donald Trump closely. He also whines about the demise of white privilege: 'Cawthorn's campaign['s] attack website accused [journalist] Fiedler of leaving academia "to work for non-white males, like Cory Booker, who aims to ruin white males running for office.'

Is he supposed to be a rising QOP star now, joining celebrities on the A-list like Boebert, MTG, Jordan and Matt Gaetz?

#### Keith&Co.

##### Contributor
His excuse for the D's? The brain injury left him less intelligent and unable to learn. This is a qualification for Congress???
When you frame nearly everything as a fight between the brainwashed-leftist-by-college elites and the uneducated and still realistic common man, yes, being kicked out of the indoctrination factory makes you 'their kinda idiot man.'

#### lpetrich

##### Contributor
His excuse for the D's? The brain injury left him less intelligent and unable to learn. This is a qualification for Congress???
When you frame nearly everything as a fight between the brainwashed-leftist-by-college elites and the uneducated and still realistic common man, yes, being kicked out of the indoctrination factory makes you 'their kinda idiot man.'
They want to have it both ways. They want to have higher-education credentials while disparaging the content of higher education. Something like them and the news media. They often seem to call anything negative about them "bias", and they refuse to consider that the "liberal media" is almost entirely capitalist. Seems like they would like ideological-conformity commissars supervising education and the news media.

#### jab

##### Veteran Member
This young man is one of the youngest people ever elected to the US Congress, pressing against the 25-year minimum age. He is far from alone in that, but he is currently the youngest person in Congress, beating AOC, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

His district is NC-11, and it contains most of western North Carolina.

Madison Cawthorn wants to be the AOC of the GOP - Sep 23
She's definitely the vanguard for her party right now,' the 25-year-old congressional candidate says of AOC, 'and that's something I want to be for the Republican Party'

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Cawthorn was invited to address the Republican National Convention in late August. During his speech on the third night of the convention, the camera zoomed out to show him seated in a wheelchair as he spoke about his effort to overcome adversity and empower himself after a near-fatal car accident six years ago left him paralyzed from the waist down.

“I say to Americans who love our country, young and old, be a radical for freedom, be a radical for liberty, and be a radical for our republic, for which I stand,” Madison Cawthorn concluded, rendering his statement literal by lifting himself, with the aid of a walker, out of his wheelchair and onto his feet.
He talked about visiting Adolf Hitler's mountain villa Eagle's Nest, calling him "the Führer".
“I’m not focused on tearing down statues. I’m not focused on gender reassignment surgery. I’m not focused on incremental GDP growth,” said Cawthorn, who believes that his message will resonate with voters. “I’m focused on dining room politics, what matters to a young family sitting around their tables with their kids.”

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The young candidate positioned himself as fervently pro-Israel, assuring JI that he would push for a “stronger Zionist state” should he be elected to the House. Cawthorn reserved harsh criticism for the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement, which he characterized as “a hate organization” and an “antisemitic indoctrination movement.”
“I’ve learned a lot — that the Jewish community is just really, mainly a cultural community,” Cawthorn said. “It’s not so much religious. And then, I also learned pretty heavily that there’s a difference between Judaism and Zionism. And, you know, I think I’ve really gotten a lot of insight as to why a lot of Jews vote Democrat.”
Like not caring enough about Israel, he claims.
Cawthorn — who is Christian and considers himself an “entity of God, as all Christians should” — described his first and only trip to Israel in 2018 as a spiritual journey. “It was a religious expedition, I would say, to go see all these Bible stories I’ve heard from a very young age, to go see the places that are connected with them,” said Cawthorn, who was coincidentally in Israel during the ceremony relocating the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Though Madison Cawthorn did not earn Trump’s imprimatur during the primary, he casts himself as a strong supporter of the president’s goals, particularly on foreign policy.

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Cawthorn, whose policy priorities include deregulating healthcare and making infrastructural improvements to broadband, entered the race for Meadows’s seat because he saw, as he put it, “a deficit of courage in the Republican Party.”

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In a recent debate, Cawthorn denied allegations of sexual impropriety, including forcible kissing and unwanted touching reported by the Christian evangelical news magazine World. “I have never done anything sexually inappropriate in my life,” he said.
He has had to explain why he used the acronym SPQR - an acronym that some white nationalists use. It's Senatus Populusque Romanus - roughly "Senate and People of Rome" in Latin.

As to him and AOC,
“I see myself as akin to her in a lot of ways,” Madison Cawthorn said. “I think that most of her policies and ideologies are pretty asinine, but I will tell you that the way she goes about executing them, I think, is incredible. I think it’s very effective. I think that’s something that Republicans need to learn from, just because she is influencing an entire generation. I mean, she’s doing a great job of it, too. And I’m sure her and I will get along when I get to Congress, but I doubt we will get along well on the House floor, just because we have very different political beliefs.”

“She’s definitely the vanguard for her party right now,” Cawthorn added, “and that’s something I want to be for the Republican Party.”
I thought SPQR stood for Sarah Palin Qanon Repug

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
It seems nothing Cawthorn says is actually true. Which takes us to his alleged 'met my wife' narrative which has regained attention amid his divorce proceedings.

Cawthorn claimed in 2020 that he met his wife via a very convoluted path where he went on a trip with a friend right before a serious back surgery to... St. Petersburg, Russia (of all places). At a casino there, he met a US Army Captain who was out of Miami. And then more than a year later, said Army Captain invited Cawthorn to a CrossFit competition while on a "work trip" in Miami... that was actually just a ruse to introduce him to a woman. Because it is common to try and hook people up who live hundreds of miles from one another. Cawthorn would marry the woman (getting divorced right now).

This story sounds so nonsensically complicated. Like trying to mesh a couple real details with lots of fake ones.

#### Patooka

##### Veteran Member
Ladies and gentlemen, the party of "support the troops":

For context, here is the full video. It's amazing the priorities right wingers have some times. But better than those libruhls who hate 'murica amirite?

##### Loony Running The Asylum
Staff member
Did he lick and caress the gun to clean it?

#### Patooka

##### Veteran Member
Did he lick and caress the gun to clean it?
I honestly can't think of an answer that would surprise me. I used to believe in the Second Law of Thermodynamics and the concept of entropy, but there is literally no bottom for these people. They just keep going.

#### southernhybrid

##### Contributor
Maybe he won't be a problem after all, considering his connection to the insurrection.

Representative Madison Cawthorn has breezily dismissed a candidacy challenge filed by voters in his home state, North Carolina, seeking to bar him from re-election to the House of Representatives based on his role in the events of Jan. 6.

The plaintiffs, a spokesman from the pro-Trump Republican’s office said, are “comically misinterpreting and twisting the 14th Amendment for political gain.”

Mr. Cawthorn is being too quick to scoff. The 14th Amendment provision in question, while little known and not employed since 1919, is a close fit for his conduct around Jan. 6 — as well as that of at least a half-dozen Republican colleagues who the organization spearheading the challenge, Free Speech for People, suggests will be next.
The critical point to understand is that Section 3 added a qualification to hold office, one of the very few in the Constitution. The others are that members of the House must be at least 25, a U.S. citizen for seven years and live in the state the individual represents. It is no different in this respect from the qualification that the president be at least 35 and a natural-born citizen.

So, if the voter challenge succeeds in establishing that Mr. Cawthorn engaged in “insurrection or rebellion,” he would be as ineligible to serve in Congress as if it were revealed that he is 24 years old. Under North Carolina law, once challengers advance enough evidence to show reasonable suspicion that a candidate is not qualified, the burden shifts to the would-be candidate to demonstrate the contrary.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections will create a five-member panel composed of people from counties in the new district in which Mr. Cawthorn intends to run (which is more Republican leaning than his current one). The panel’s decision could be appealed to the entire State Board of Elections, and after that to the state’s court system. The board’s decision will be delayed until after a state court rules on a separate redistricting challenge in North Carolina. But the issue will have to be resolved in time for the state’s primary election, currently set for May, so the normal Trump playbook of stalling until the issue becomes moot is not an option.

The key question in the challenge will be whether Mr. Cawthorn’s acts of support for the Jan. 6 attack rise to the level of engaging in an insurrection against the government.

Here is what the first-term congressman did, based on public reports and allegations in the challenge: In advance of the riot at the Capitol, he met with planners of the demonstrations and tweeted that “the future of this Republic hinges on the actions of a solitary few … It’s time to fight.” He spoke at the pre-attack rally at the Ellipse, near the Whitehouse.

I will be both shocked and delighted if this jerk isn't permitted to run again, but I suppose it could happen. It's insane that we have so many people in Congress who were either involved in some way in what happened on Jan. 6th or are now lying about what happened on that day.

#### blastula

##### Contributor

Cawthorn may be the vilest member of this wing of the GOP.

#### Harry Bosch

##### Contributor
Maybe he won't be a problem after all, considering his connection to the insurrection.

Representative Madison Cawthorn has breezily dismissed a candidacy challenge filed by voters in his home state, North Carolina, seeking to bar him from re-election to the House of Representatives based on his role in the events of Jan. 6.

The plaintiffs, a spokesman from the pro-Trump Republican’s office said, are “comically misinterpreting and twisting the 14th Amendment for political gain.”

Mr. Cawthorn is being too quick to scoff. The 14th Amendment provision in question, while little known and not employed since 1919, is a close fit for his conduct around Jan. 6 — as well as that of at least a half-dozen Republican colleagues who the organization spearheading the challenge, Free Speech for People, suggests will be next.
The critical point to understand is that Section 3 added a qualification to hold office, one of the very few in the Constitution. The others are that members of the House must be at least 25, a U.S. citizen for seven years and live in the state the individual represents. It is no different in this respect from the qualification that the president be at least 35 and a natural-born citizen.

So, if the voter challenge succeeds in establishing that Mr. Cawthorn engaged in “insurrection or rebellion,” he would be as ineligible to serve in Congress as if it were revealed that he is 24 years old. Under North Carolina law, once challengers advance enough evidence to show reasonable suspicion that a candidate is not qualified, the burden shifts to the would-be candidate to demonstrate the contrary.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections will create a five-member panel composed of people from counties in the new district in which Mr. Cawthorn intends to run (which is more Republican leaning than his current one). The panel’s decision could be appealed to the entire State Board of Elections, and after that to the state’s court system. The board’s decision will be delayed until after a state court rules on a separate redistricting challenge in North Carolina. But the issue will have to be resolved in time for the state’s primary election, currently set for May, so the normal Trump playbook of stalling until the issue becomes moot is not an option.

The key question in the challenge will be whether Mr. Cawthorn’s acts of support for the Jan. 6 attack rise to the level of engaging in an insurrection against the government.

Here is what the first-term congressman did, based on public reports and allegations in the challenge: In advance of the riot at the Capitol, he met with planners of the demonstrations and tweeted that “the future of this Republic hinges on the actions of a solitary few … It’s time to fight.” He spoke at the pre-attack rally at the Ellipse, near the Whitehouse.

I will be both shocked and delighted if this jerk isn't permitted to run again, but I suppose it could happen. It's insane that we have so many people in Congress who were either involved in some way in what happened on Jan. 6th or are now lying about what happened on that day.
Yea, he's a traitor. People like this shouldn't be allowed to run for public office.

#### bigfield

##### the baby-eater
I was trying to figure out how this guy eeven got into office:

I'm not entirely sure how to interpret the results of the GOP primaries, but it looks like he is quite popular with GOP members in his district.

I bet there are plenty more pockets of far right extremism in the US just waiting for more of these Trump-like peeformers to take advantage.

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
Literally, his only accomplishment in life is recovery from a pretty bad car accident. But he says all the right Nazi stuff. And I don't say that lightly. This man is a fucking Nazi.

#### Toni

##### Contributor
I was trying to figure out how this guy eeven got into office:

I'm not entirely sure how to interpret the results of the GOP primaries, but it looks like he is quite popular with GOP members in his district.

I bet there are plenty more pockets of far right extremism in the US just waiting for more of these Trump-like peeformers to take advantage.
He’s not bad looking. He’s in a very conservative district and he’s not afraid to say the racist dog whistles out loud.

Honestly, as much as everyone complains about the boomers, a lot of us are past the point of being willing to pass the baton. As an older person, I am excited to see young people (under 50) step up. When I first heard his name/age, I was a little excited. Then I read a quote and…

I really hope people start to get off ‘boomers are racist’ bit. Racism permeates every single generation, geography, socioeconomic level, political party. More prevalent in some places than others. More obvious in some strata than others. Almost impossible to see in a mirror.

Not to imply that Cawthorne isn’t a particularly disgusting and obvious example. He’s all that and burning cross.

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#### lpetrich

##### Contributor
I'm old enough to remember right-wingers calling the Soviet Union an evil empire, the focus of evil in the world, and the cause of all the trouble in the world.

Strictly speaking, Russia was not the Soviet Union. Russia was one of the SU's 15 constituent republics, something like US states, but the largest and most populous one and the dominant one. So a lot of people said Russia when they meant the Soviet Union.

But nowadays, many right-wingers seem like Russia-lovers and Putin-lovers, and are that way without acknowledging what their predecessors thought half a century ago -- and sometimes what they themselves thought. Not even to say how much Russia has improved over the last half-century.

#### marc

##### Veteran Member
But nowadays, many right-wingers seem like Russia-lovers and Putin-lovers, and are that way without acknowledging what their predecessors thought half a century ago -- and sometimes what they themselves thought. Not even to say how much Russia has improved over the last half-century.
Well to keep people voting for republicans they need an enemy to get the voters focused on. Back then it was the soviet union. After their collapse they put more focus on other 'enemies': minorities, gay people, non-christians. Putin starts rebuilding the soviet union, but these people see he is also against minorities, gay people, and non-christians. And they didn't really mind the authoritarianism, as long as it was someone like them being the authority.

#### jab

##### Veteran Member

Cawthorn may be the vilest member of this wing of the GOP.

So, he's disgusted by "woke" culture. Therefore, we can call him the most vile abllist epithets, and provided they don't take the Lord's name in vain, he won't take umbrage.

#### blastula

##### Contributor
Also,

The Class 3 misdemeanor charge, which could carry a maximum penalty of up to 20 days in jail, is one of three pending traffic citations against the Republican congressman in his home state.

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
article said:
According to North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesperson Marcus Bethea, at 10:26 p.m. on March 3, a trooper pulled over "a 2019 Toyota for a left of center violation on US 74B in Cleveland County."
Left of center... not drunk?
In the citation Gantt noted the weather was clear and traffic was light and that Cawthorn "was very polite and cooperative."
So distracted driving then? Being paralyzed... wouldn't distracted driving be much more dangerous seeing he isn't using his legs and really needs to pay attention to what his hands should be doing?

Also, is it legal to vote with a revoked license?

#### blastula

##### Contributor

During a closed-door House GOP conference meeting on Tuesday, multiple Republicans in the room said lawmakers stood up to air their anger and frustration over Cawthorn portraying his own colleagues as bacchanalian and sexual deviants.

In one case, Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) stood up and addressed his colleagues, telling them that he rarely speaks during the closed-door weekly meetings but felt he must address the topic because he's now getting questions about participants in Cawthorn's alleged orgies and drug use.

#### Keith&Co.

##### Contributor

During a closed-door House GOP conference meeting on Tuesday, multiple Republicans in the room said lawmakers stood up to air their anger and frustration over Cawthorn portraying his own colleagues as bacchanalian and sexual deviants.

In one case, Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) stood up and addressed his colleagues, telling them that he rarely speaks during the closed-door weekly meetings but felt he must address the topic because he's now getting questions about participants in Cawthorn's alleged orgies and drug use.

I usually find a lot of detail in these things superfluous. Comments about how women were dressed, way-off-topic mentions of men's military service, someone's medical problems. But pointing out EVERY TIME that people STOOD to bitch about Cawthorn, that's funny.

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
article said:
“I look at all these people, a lot of them that I’ve looked up to through my life, I've always paid attention to politics,” Cawthorn said.
What?! Through your life? Your short life to this point... which had nothing to do with politics? You looked up to the people the House of Representatives?

article said:
“Then all of the sudden you get invited to, ‘Well hey, we’re going to have kind of a sexual get together at one of our homes, you should come.’”

“I’m like, 'What did you just ask me to come to?'” Cawthorn added. “And then you realize they are asking you to come to an orgy."
...

“Or the fact that, you know, some of the people that are leading on the movement to try and remove addiction in our country and then you watch them do, you know, a key bump of cocaine right in front of you and it’s like, wow, this is wild,” he told Lovell.
So it sounds like he went to Gaetz's place. I can only imagine his disillusionment when finding out his lifetime hero, Matt Gaetz snorts a "key bump" of cocaine at orgies.

Next question... how does Cawthorn know the term "key bump"? First time I've ever heard it. Am I just that out of touch with the lingo these days?

#### Keith&Co.

##### Contributor

article said:
“Then all of the sudden you get invited to, ‘Well hey, we’re going to have kind of a sexual get together at one of our homes, you should come.’”A kind of a sexual get together? No. No one talks like that.
You don't invite someone over for a kind of an alcohol get together. You use jargon. "We're going to do jello shots off a hooker's ass," is the sort of invite you offer. And if they say, "What's a jello shot?" or "What's a hooker?" you either say 'Never mind,' or you make very clear what is going to happen so there's no...unpleasantness in front of the other guests.

If there's an orgy, i'm sure there's a slang term. "We're having people over for Lube Therapy" or something. "Bring your wife, we're Looting Strange," or "We're going to have Spandex Endgame." Something that definitely draws a line between those in the know and, evidently Madison.

Of course, it IS Madison. He might have been invited to prayer meeting. "What did you ask me to?" "Oh, it's great, we're going to get Jesus and the Holy Spirit up inside us! Bare our naked souls for God! Wash ourselves in the Blood of the Lamb!"
"OMG! it's an orgy!"

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
Madison Cawthorn is less religious than we are, he isn't an Orrin Hatch. He is a Nazi though.

I do like the whole "sexual get together"... and then you realize they are inviting you to an "orgy". Kind of like going college and they ask if you want to go to a party where people are going to "drink a lot"... then you realize they are going to "get drunk".

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I want names.

#### Keith&Co.

##### Contributor
I want names.
I don't.
There's not enough brain bleach for some of those names in the context of an orgy.