Since Madison Cawthorn was elected to Congress, he hasn’t stopped using social media to troll and say anything that might get a rise out of supporters and critics alike. The Russian invasion of Ukraine hasn’t changed that — in fact, Cawthorn is now using victim photos in his trolling.
What’s lower than reducing a victim of violence to a political tool for attacking the President of the United States? If you think of anything, don’t let Madison Cawthorn know. Here’s a screenshot of his Instagram story, captured by PatriotTakes, showing a photo of an injured, bandaged woman — emblazoned with the text, “This is Joe Biden’s fault.”
In a new low, Madison Cawthorn is using images of those injured in Ukraine to assign blame to Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/UM2kgeGWzU
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) February 24, 2022
Cawthorn has been very clear on his belief that Biden’s presidency is to blame for Putin’s actions. He tweeted as much Thursday morning, saying that the invasion would never have taken place if Donald Trump was still in office.
This would have never happened if President Trump were in the White House right now.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) February 24, 2022
The sentiment, however, isn’t going over well with the general public in the U.S. While there is certainly a significant movement of MAGA Republicans who are (always) ready to blame Biden, there’s a lot of pushback.
No Madison. This is Putin's fault; as are the higher prices for oil on the world market. And you, Madison, are the fault of trump. https://t.co/ejsbqjMIwQ
— Postalnancy (@barbour_nancy) February 24, 2022
This is Putin's fault, but madison Cawthorn is too frustrated by his deep-seated anger and repressed feelings to know the difference.
Cawthorn needs to take it easy or he's gonna hurt himself.
— Jessica Rosengard (@JRosengard) February 24, 2022
It's Putin's fault. Putin is the one doing this.
Madison Cawthorn is pro-Putin trash. https://t.co/w3M9WbIPTo
— End the Kakistocracy (@VirtuallyNo1) February 24, 2022
Americans are speaking out to say that defending Putin, or even protecting him by placing the blame for his actions on someone else, is an inappropriate response to the invasion of Ukraine — especially from an elected representative, like Cawthorn.
Still, Cawthorn tries to stay closely aligned with Donald Trump, and Trump was criticized throughout his presidency for his admiration of Putin — so while it’s not acceptable to a lot of Americans, it’s certainly not out of character for the North Carolina Republican.
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