Freshman Congressman Madison Cawthorn has been one of Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters. In December and January 2020/21, the North Carolina Rep. was completely behind Trump’s bid to overturn the election. As a result, some voters in North Carolina are attempting to use the 14th Amendment to keep Cawthorn off the ballot. Section 3 of the Amendment bars those who “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” from running for public office.
During a Monday appearance on Fox News, the North Carolina Republican told Tucker Carlson that the plan is close to working.
The host asked, “I can’t think of a clearer assault on democracy itself than preventing voters from voting for the candidate of their choice. How close are they to preventing you from running for office?”
“Tucker, they are actually very close. Now, what’s going on in North Carolina is that the state board of election, a panel of five people, is asserting that they have the ability to bar 740,000 plus Americans in my district from being able to elect me to send me to Washington to be their weapon to fight against the deep state.”
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— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) February 22, 2022
The Congressman continued, “And make no mistake, Tucker, this is not just about a 26-year-old from western North Carolina in a wheelchair. This is about the future of our very nation. If they’re able to set this precedent in North Carolina, they will be able to keep anybody with valid or legitimate concerns to not be able to hold office, thus ending the America-first movement.”
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