Donald Trump’s 2016 election convinced a lot of wildly unqualified people that they too could get elected. Madison Cawthorn was one of them. The 26 year old college drop out now serves North Carolina’s 11th District.
Cawthorn often makes Trumpian comments and is frequently caught in lies. During a recent episode of show, Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took aim at the North Carolina Rep. for his take on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The HBO host played a clip of Cawthorn saying at a school board meeting, “The greatest threat to our children today does not come from COVID-19. It comes from woke liberal government officials like you who think they are all-knowing and all-wise.”
Oliver responded, “I would say I was surprised by that, but this is a man who once posted this video of himself beating up a tree, so he clearly loves picking useless fights against imaginary opponents where he comes out looking like a complete a**hole.”
The host also ripped into Ron DeSantis, saying of the Florida governor, “Wow. The world changes so quickly, doesn’t it? If you told me just a few years ago that Florida’s Republican governor would respond to a deadly threat with, ‘These waves are just something you have to deal with,’ I would assume they were talking about Miami sinking into a warming ocean, not a totally different, totally self-induced crisis.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.