Madison Cawthorn failed to remember the lesson from January 6th.
The January 6th insurgency at the US Capitol was a watershed event in American politics and history.
It was the natural outcome of a president who lied to the American people about almost everything, including the fact that he would lose the 2020 election.On the body politics, it was a cutting wound that is still healing.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R), of North Carolina, disagrees. Or, at the very least, he doesn’t understand that
the provocative and furious language used for political gain has real-world repercussions.
Cawthorn says that the 2020 election was “rigging” and “stolen” (it wasn’t) and that reality (it wasn’t)
would “lead to one destination, and that’s violence” in a speech to a county GOP gathering in North
He wasn’t finishing yet! Cawthorn said, ” “And I’ll tell you, as much as I’m ready to fight for our freedom
at any cost, there’s nothing I’d rather do than have to protect a fellow American with weapons.
And the only way we can stop it is if we collectively insist that election security be implemented in all 50
Congressman Markwayne Mullin returning home after ‘helping get Americans out of Afghanistan’
America, don’t make him lead a violent uprising:
Admit that Donald Trump won the 2020 election despite the fact that there is ZERO proof of massive
election fraud despite a series of recounts and lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign!
Cawthorn spokesperson Luke Ball is “clearly pushing for no violence to occur over election integrity
concerns.” Which, to be honest, isn’t quite obvious.
Because you’re not really arguing against violence if you insist that people accept a lie (the “Big Lie” that
the election was stolen) or else.
And if that’s your objective, as Cawthorn’s spokesperson indicated, you’ll need to express it much more
clearly, than the congressman did.
Given what happened on January 6 — five people were killed, more than 100 police officers were
wounded, and more than 500 individuals were detained for their actions on that day.
legislators from all parties must denounce the use of force to alter an election outcome they don’t like.
Cawthorn isn’t accomplishing that, even if you give him the benefit of doubt regarding what he intended
What exactly is he up to?
Playing to the Republican Party’s Trumpist supporters by continuing to promote the Big Lie because he
knows it will get him praise. Dangerous rhetoric doesn’t just vanish into thin air.
Also, It reaches the ears and thoughts of those who are unaware that politicians are just posing for
attention. They believe this to be the case.
They get enraged when someone like Cawthorn claims that the election was rigged.
When terms like “bloodshed” and demands to “protect our freedoms at all costs” are tossed about, there
is a section of the population that wants to do something about it.
Unfortunately, none of this is a theoretical debate. The 6th of January came and went.
And there’s every reason to think that until elected officials like Cawthorn understand their duty to convey
the truth about the election, there will be more events like the one at the US Capitol.
Madison Cawthorn didn’t learn the right lesson from January 6