Madison Cawthorn Flip Flops on Election Fraud, Says GOP Should Have Been ‘More Wise’ Than to Oppose Voter Fraud
Congressman Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) spoke at President Donald Trump’s rally against voter fraud last week when he felt it would benefit his political ambitions. After the Capitol siege that resulted in five dead, he is quickly changing his tune.
Cawthorn is backtracking and acting like he never supported the effort to stop the vote steal, even though he is on the record telling people to oppose the fraud.
“Once you start floating this idea of election fraud and people outright stealing an election and cheating, that has only one outcome,” Cawthorne said following the siege. “The party as a whole should have been much more wise about their choice of words.”
Politico reporter Zach Montellaro noted that Cawthorne was running ads featuring “stop the steal” as recently as last week:
Spot the change in tone in ads in the Google ad archive from freshman GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn over the last week! pic.twitter.com/l8uNRznddU
— Zach Montellaro (@ZachMontellaro) January 12, 2021
Cawthorn is taking additional flak for comments that he made during an appearance at a Turning Point USA event in December.
“Call your congressman and feel free, you can lightly threaten them and say, you know what, if you don’t start supporting election integrity, I’m coming after you, Madison Cawthorn is coming after you, everybody’s coming after you,” he said.
Big League Politics has reported on Cawthorn being a dangerous trojan horse working to shut the door on the MAGA revolution and return to the establishment GOP:
Madison Cawthorn, who is the Republican U.S. Rep. candidate for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, is calling for a “new Republican Party” that pays lip service to issues that are important to leftists.
“The status quo days of the GOP being defined by what we are against, rather than what we are for, are over. We intend to listen, but we also intend to win the argument,” he wrote in his op/ed for the Daily Wire.
Instead of opposing left-wing policies, Cawthorn wants Republicans to capitulate and give concessions to the Left in order to placate to young people in Generation Z who overwhelmingly support leftist politics.
“For the past two decades, however, the Republican Party has marginalized principled reformers in its own ranks and let itself be branded as the “party of no.” On things such as health care, the environment, and other key issues, our leadership has aggressively attacked ideas from the Left but has failed to force consensus around the best ideas from the Right,” Cawthorn wrote.
“Our party, the Grand Old Party, is no longer very grand. But it is very old. Our leaders have failed us and it’s time we stopped putting up with it,” he added.
He wants Republicans to embrace government solutions on issues like healthcare and the environment while echoing woke talking points with regards to race.
“Our party ought not to be ashamed of its heritage nor be afraid of open debate and challenging the “woke” left. On race, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is right and wise to remind conservatives that unjust racial bias is real and persistent. As Scott, who is black, notes, he knows what it’s like to be pulled over to be stopped by security in the Capitol because of the color of his skin. We’ve come a long way, but Scott is right to remind Republicans that we have a long way to go,” Cawthorn wrote.
He also added a thinly-veiled shot as President Donald Trump, which is par for the course considering he is being published in ‘Never Trump’ icon Ben Shapiro’s blog.
“Let us rise as a New Republican Party. A party that offers real solutions and attacks ideas rather than individuals. A party that meets voters where they are, and instead of belittling them for what they care about, offers a better way,” Cawthorn wrote.
“We also must be the party of youth that can win the hearts and minds of young patriots with clear, compelling, and common-sense policies that put people first and politics second. This is the New Republican Party. This is the New Town Square. We were created for such a time as this,” he concluded.
Cawthorn has demonstrated that he does not have the courage to lead in the GOP by capitulating on election fraud.