Scandal-hit lawmaker Madison Cawthorn has posted a two-and-a-half-minute video to Instagram saying that “the establishment and RINOS [Republican In Name Only]” are out to wreck his chances of being re-elected.
According to the North Carolina GOP politician, there will be a “drip campaign” of bad stories about him over the coming weeks.
Why? Because there are forces afoot to see that he doesn’t get re-elected, as according to Cawthorn, “statistically it’s virtually impossible to beat an incumbent member of Congress after they’ve won their first re-election … that’s why you’re starting to see this coordinated attack amongst a lot of the freshmen members of Congress who are hardcore conservatives who are going up for re-election.”
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In an accompanying caption, Cawthorn says, “Rino senators and establishment pawns want us to go back to the days before Trump. They want to go back to the days of not being on offense, not fighting for the next generation, not trying to dismantle the federal government’s overreach, we will never go back.
“That is why the establishment is trying to crush me and others, they attack what they fear. Onward!”
Cawthorn says that even other Republicans are beginning to say “ridiculous, salacious” things about him in North Carolina. “They say we don’t serve our district, which I think is preposterous.”
He continued, “I do not make any apologies for making sure we cultivate a following across all platforms, trying to reach out to my generation, who is the most medicated, addicted, depressed, suicidal generation that’s ever lived. And it’s because of these radical liberal policies and the indoctrination that goes on inside our schools.”
Cawthorn may be referencing an attack on him earlier in the week by Republican State Sen. Chuck Edwards, who is wanting to take Cawthorn’s seat. Edwards released a campaign video saying Cawthorn does zilch for his district and is more concerned with his Instagram postings.
Cawthorn concluded: “When I say a drip campaign … they’re going to drop an attack article every one or two days, just trying to kill us with death by a thousand cuts. And that is really their main strategy.”
Controversy has dogged Cawthorn, 26, since he first announced his run for office. The youngest person elected to Congress in November 2020, he has made headlines with his views and controversial speeches, such as telling moms to raise hyper-masculine “monsters”.
When campaigning to be elected, Cawthorn said the car accident that left him in a wheelchair derailed his place to go to naval college. It actually emerged he’d been rejected by naval college before the accident took place.
Last December, he gave a speech at the Turning Point USA conference urging young conservatives to drop out of college and wed young. Just a week later, he announced that he and his wife Cristina were separating after just eight months of marriage.
In recent weeks, he has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Last month he was charged for driving with a revoked license. A court appearance on that is due in the coming weeks.
Then he said on a podcast that leading Republican figures had invited him to orgies in Washington DC and he’d seen anti-drugs crusaders taking cocaine.
On Friday, Politico released photos of Cawthorn wearing women’s lingerie at a party. Cawthorn says it was just a fun gathering aboard a cruise ship, long before he was a Congressman.
This week, Cawthorn was cited for possession of a loaded handgun at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. It’s the second time he has “accidentally” tried to carry a gun onto a plane.
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) April 26, 2022
It sure seems like Cawthorn doesn’t need outside help when it comes to wrecking his own career.
The Republican primary in North Carolina takes place on May 17.
People had plenty to say about the video on Twitter.
It’s the people of his party who want to cancel him. I don’t really care. He’s useless in Congress except as entertainment.
— Rachel Vindman 🌻 (@natsechobbyist) April 27, 2022
What happens when you keep getting caught breaking the laws and you are supposed to be a law maker.
— BHold (@Bhold3531) April 27, 2022
Baby Q is going off the rails. ☺️
I’m from NC (but I don’t live in NC) and I don’t think he has a prayer of winning again. Even my sisters very right wing hairdresser is not voting for him again. AND let me tell you, that says a lot because she is MAGA all.the.way.
— (NOT A DOCTOR) Rand Paul 🙄 (@kay_harbinger) April 27, 2022
He knows what’s coming.
— Hunte☈ Cullen 🇺🇦🇺🇸🇳🇿🇬🇧🇨🇦🇦🇺 (@HunterJCullen) April 27, 2022
Why is everybody picking on me? (As he gets caught trying to get a gun on a plane, again. pic.twitter.com/xMObX7GhZl
— chopatoolus (@RistineMark) April 27, 2022
Reports of him getting pulled over or bringing guns on a plane are not “articles”. Pics of him in lingerie are not a liberal set up. Republican states benefit more from Federal taxes than Blue states. Voting on a bill is not the same as creating or working on it.
— freethinker (@tsieber2) April 27, 2022
The fact that he keeps referring to himself as ‘we’ is disconcerting. At some points it appears he’s trying to acknowledge his team, but there are so many times this feels completely inappropriate. He sounds like he’s speaking for a chorus…
— Elon Musk owns (@KingAaronVII) April 27, 2022
It’s not my fault that I brought a gun to an airport It’s somebody fault when I get a speeding ticket it’s not my fault it’s the vehicle’s fault When I commit treason it’s not my fault
— Scott French (@ScottFr63415239) April 28, 2022
This is what happens when you tell the world about the establishment’s eyes wide shut parties.
— Are we in the Dumbest or Darkest Timeline? (@DumbOrDark) April 28, 2022