Everyone’s talking about Madison Cawthorn, the 24-year-old political newcomer currently running to represent North Carolina’s 11th congressional district.
On Tuesday, he beat Donald Trump’s pick, Lynda Bennett, in his state’s Republican primary. If elected in November, he will become the youngest member in Congress.
Since making national headlines this week, the young Republican, who, as far as we know, identifies as straight, has captured the imaginations of gay men across the country, in large part because of his thirsty Instagram page.
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Some have begun drawing comparisons between him and Aaron Schock, the former Illinois lawmaker who also has a thirsty Instagram page and who spent his political career pushing antigay legislation only to come out as gay years later after being caught on camera making out with a guy at Coachella and reaching down a man’s pants in Cabo.
Here’s what folks are saying…
This is just a reboot of Aaron Schock
— Jake Reif ⚖️ (@JakeReif) June 25, 2020
move over aaron schock, there’s a new flamboyant himbo fascist in town! pic.twitter.com/yy4W6Rv4yd
— qob (@querelleofbros) June 24, 2020
Sweetie…… just another Aaron Schock no doubt
— Sweetie….. (@loub_max) June 24, 2020
He’s the new Aaron Schock. Soulless gays will love anything with a pretty face and abs.
— 🐻🌈✌🏽🤟🏽🖖🏽 (@marcm714) June 25, 2020
Looks like the GOP’s got a new Aaron Schock on their hands
— i’m not a unit of mass (@notaunitofmass) June 24, 2020
Madison Cawthorn is Gen Z’s Aaron Schock. Change my mind.
— Stayinyour Lane (@barrettlane) June 25, 2020
Same old Aaron Schock shit nothing new
— Jensen from Dodge City (@petworthot) June 25, 2020
Not Aaron Schock? pic.twitter.com/rixQJwCSyV
— jay arnold 🎬 (@jadedcreative) June 24, 2020
It should be noted that Cawthorn doesn’t identify as gay and is actually engaged to a woman named Cristina Bayardelle, who he regularly posts photos of to Instagram…
Now, weaponizing a person’s sexuality never ends well for anyone.
LGBTQ activists have spent years fighting for equality and getting mainstream society to view them as equals. Accusing someone of being gay in an effort to discredit them or bring them shame is counterproductive to decades of hard work.
According to his website, Cawthorn is a “pro Trump, pro life, pro 2nd amendment” Republican who supports religious freedom, opposes universal healthcare, and doesn’t want to let immigrants into the country. He’s also running against a retired Air Force colonel and former judge who is way more qualified for the job.
Surely we can find something to criticize him for other than the fact that he gives off Aaron Schock vibes.