Madison Cawthorn has prompted ridicule and scorn (again!) with his latest uttering. Taking to Twitter, the North Carolina GOP Rep. took aim at some Olympic athletes, saying, “If you went to the Olympics to represent America and decided to represent another nation once you arrived there, your citizenship should be revoked.”
If you went to the Olympics to represent America and decided to represent another nation once you arrived there, your citizenship should be revoked.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) February 7, 2022
It’s unclear who Cawthorn may be referring to here. Freeskier Eileen Gu, 18, was raised in the US by her Chinese mother and an American father. She switched to representing China in 2019, aged 15, and has become a huge star in that country. She won gold this week at the Winter Olympics and is in the running for further medals.
Then there’s out, gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who competed for the US in the 2014 and 2018 games and is now representing Great Britain (he has dual citizenship due to having an English mom and being born in England).
However, like Gu, Kenworthy announced back in 2019 that he was switching teams. There are no obvious examples of athletes jetting off to the Olympics for one team and then deciding to switch sides upon arrival, as suggested by Cawthorn’s tweet.
Cawthorn’s statement prompted derision online.
This literally makes so sense
— Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz (@Culinary_Jeremy) February 7, 2022
I assume you’re referring to dual citizens, who choose which team to represent many, many months before getting on the plane.
I’d ask you what you mean, but you never seem to have a clue what you’re talking about.
— David Rudlin (@BaldyRuddRudd) February 7, 2022
I have read this tweet over and over. It still makes no sense. So like you make team USA and last minute say nah I’m gonna compete for Japan? Can you cite an example of this messy tweet? Thank you.
— Michael Buckley (@HeyBuckHey) February 7, 2022
What if you go to Congress to represent America but then help incite an attack on the Capitol? pic.twitter.com/z6BvbtkS80
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) February 8, 2022
If you went to Congress to conduct the electoral count and decided to represent the losing candidate once you arrived there, your seat in the House should be revoked.
— John Rooney (@Roondog248) February 8, 2022
Karen Kawthorn would like to speak to the Manager of Beijing. https://t.co/TWWFprV2sp
— PoliticOhMyGawd (@PoliticOhMyGawd) February 7, 2022
Didn’t you lie about being in the Paralympics? May wanna sit this one out buddy.
— Mrs Heather Henton (@HentonBrandon) February 7, 2022
Besides ridicule online, Cawthorn is having a bad week for other reasons. On Monday, the North Carolina Elections Board said in a court filing that it had the power to bar Cawthorn from running again if he was found to have encouraged the insurrection in the Capitol on January 6 last year.
The move comes after a group of voters in North Carolina launched a legal bid last month to disqualify Cawthorn from running. The group cites Cawthorn’s involvement in the 6 January attack. Cawthorn participated in the ‘Save America Rally’ in DC earlier that day, telling the crowd the election had been stolen. Cawthorn also tweeted, “The future of this republic hinges on the actions of a solitary few … It’s time to fight.”
The group of 11 voters point to a line from the 14th amendment to the constitution that states no one can serve in Congress “who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress … to support the constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same”.
Last week, Cawthorn filed a lawsuit to halt the challenge. He said, “Running for office is not only a great privilege, it is a right protected under the Constitution. I love this country and have never engaged in, or would ever engage in, an insurrection against the United States.”
The statement from the North Carolina Elections Board was in response to Cawthorn’s efforts to throw out the legal challenge. The board said the state of North Carolina does indeed have the “authority to police which candidates should or should not be disqualified per Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
The NC State Board of Elections declared in a motion that it has the “authority to police which candidates should or should not be disqualified per Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
The board says it can disqualify Madison Cawthorn if he “engaged in insurrection.”
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) February 8, 2022
Although the announcement by the NC Elections Board is significant, expect weeks of wrangling over whether Cawthorn “engaged” in insurrection or not.