Madison Cawthorn hasn’t been quite as controversial as fellow freshman Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, but he’s close. One of the youngest people ever elected to congress, Cawthorn has obsessively fought the culture war since taking office.For example, the North Carolina Rep. immediately called for Joe Biden to be impeached after 12 Marines were killed in Afghanistan. At the same time, towns in his congressional district were encountering major floods. The Mountaineer, a local North Carolina paper, recently ripped Cawthorn for his dereliction of duty.
Callie Pruett writes, “In a 24-hour span from Tuesday into Wednesday, Western North Carolina experienced flood destruction on a level not witnessed for 17 years. Yet, as the floodwaters rose with fury — destroying homes and businesses in their path — and finally receded in the late morning hours of Wednesday, Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC-11) released no statement, no list of resources or shelters for constituents, and not a single tweet in support of the thousands in WNC residents suffering from the flood. On Wednesday morning, more than 30 of his constituents were still tragically unaccounted for, according to the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office.”
The op-ed continues, “Lest we think he was simply off the grid, 26-year-old Cawthorn tweeted or retweeted Republican talking points nine times from his official House account while the raging storm took hold of his district, reaping destruction on towns and rural communities. From tweets about finishing “the wall” to swearing America will never be an ‘Islamic state,’ Cawthorn flatly, and blatantly ignored the people he has sworn to represent. As towns like Canton flooded Tuesday evening, Cawthorn blissfully posted pictures on Instagram (screenshot linked) of smoking cigars and listening to conservative podcasts.”
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