Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) tore into Representative Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) on Wednesday for “using language that seems intended to incite violence” and called upon House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to “condemn it.”
Cawthorn has come under major fire for making incendiary remarks at a Macon County Republican Party fundraising event last weekend which to many people sounded like a call to arms aimed at believers in former President Donald Trump’s “big lie” that the 2020 election was fraudulent and stolen.
“If our election systems continue to be rigged and continue to be stolen, then it’s gonna lead to one place and that’s bloodshed,” said Cawthorn. “And I will tell you: As much as I am willing to defend our liberty at all costs, there’s nothing that I would dread doing more than having to pick up arms against a fellow American. And the way that we can have recourse against that is if we all passionately demand that we have election security in all 50 states.”
Cawthorn’s spokesperson Luke Ball insisted afterward that the lawmaker was “CLEARLY advocating for violence not to occur over election integrity questions” and that “he fears others would erroneously choose that route and strongly states that election integrity issues should be resolved peacefully and never through violence.”
But Cheney – one of only two GOP lawmakers on the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol that Cawthorn celebrated – is not buying any of it.
“I think every member ought to condemn that, and I’d like to see Leader McCarthy very clearly condemn it and explain how dangerous that is,” Cheney said in an interview with CBS News.
McCarthy has remained predictably silent.
Perhaps in an attempt to quell the backlash he unleashed, Cawthorn announced on Wednesday that he intends to introduce a resolution condemning political violence at a House pro forma session this week, per reporting by The Hill.
“Political violence in any form must be condemned. Americans’ political will is expressed at the ballot box through secure and safe elections,” the resolution states. “It is the sense of the House of Representatives that political violence, violent speech, and inciteful language have no place in our political discourse and should be wholly condemned.”
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