Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn has been mocked for failing to cite concrete examples of voter fraud during an interview on CNN despite voting to overturn Joe Biden’s win.
The 25-year-old North Carolina Rep. has been a vocal supporter of Donald Trump’s claims that the election was rigged – and even voted to uphold objections to Arizona and Pennsylvania’s votes in Congress.
Cawthorn couldn’t clearly respond when host Pamela Brown asked him on CNN Newsroom Saturday night to provide specific examples to prove his claim, despite pushing the election fraud claim. However, at the end of the interview, he was pushed into a corner where he conceded: ‘I think I would say the election was not fraudulent.’
Earlier in the interview, he defended voting to overturn Biden’s win: ‘The things that I was not objecting to were things like Dominion voting machines changing ballots or U-Haul trucks pulling up filled with ballots for Joe Biden,’ Cawthorn insisted.
‘The thing I was objecting for is things like, in the state of Wisconsin, particularly in the town of Madison, there was an appointed official in that town who actually went against the will of the state legislature and created ballot drop boxes, which is basically ballot harvesting that was happening in the parks,’ he stated.
Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn has been mocked for failing to cite concrete examples of voter fraud during an interview with CNN’s Pamela Brown on Saturday night
Brown shot back stating: ‘But this was all litigated. You know the Trump campaign litigated all of this – more than 60 cases. Either the cases were dismissed, the Trump campaign withdrew, or they never brought a case because they didn’t have enough evidence to back it up.’
Cawthorn responded: ‘Indeed, I believe specifically, and this is the one that I debated on behalf of on the House floor, in Wisconsin that was never heard because they dismissed it because of standing. Now I don’t believe that is a concrete enough of a way to dismiss it.’
Brown then replied that Wisconsin was not one of the states that the House of Representatives could vote on to object to during the certification of the election results on January 6.
She then stated: ‘So you wanted to throw out millions of votes without actually seeing any concrete evidence of fraud? Because that’s what you were doing when you were contesting the election.’
Cawthorn replied: ‘I disagree with you on that point. My intent was to uphold the Constitution’.
For the next several minutes, Cawthorn continued to claim there were problems with voting, before he conceded: ‘I think I would say the election was not fraudulent.’
‘The Constitution allowed for us to be able to push back as much as we could and I did that to the amount of the constitutional limits that I had at my disposal, so now I would say that Joseph R. Biden is our president.’
Athletes have disputed Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s claims he was training for the Paralympics, calling them a ‘joke’ and saying ‘it’s like a kid saying they want to play in the NBA when they’re on their fourth-grade basketball team’
Cawthorn is also facing calls to resign following the insurrection on the US Capitol. The North Carolina lawmaker took to the stage of Trump’s rally on January 6 and pushed unfounded claims the election had been stolen from MAGA supporters (above)
The interview comes as Cawthorn faces calls to resign following the insurrection on the US Capitol.
The North Carolina lawmaker took to the stage of Trump’s rally on January 6 and pushed unfounded claims the election had been stolen from MAGA supporters.
‘My friends, the Democrats with all the fraud that they have done in this election, the Republicans hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice,’ he said.
‘Make no mistake about it, they do not want you to be heard, but my friends when I look into this crowd I can confidently say this crowd has the voice of lions.’
This came one month after a speech in December where he encouraged Trump supporters to ‘lightly threaten’ members of Congress.
‘And feel free, you can lightly threaten them, and say, ‘You know what? If you don’t start supporting election integrity, I’m coming after you, Madison Cawthorn is coming after you. Everybody’s is coming after you,” he said.
Government watchdog group Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint this week asking the House Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Cawthorn along with fellow Republican Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar and for them to be removed from their roles.
It accuses them of inciting the riot as part of ‘a seditious conspiracy to use force to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional and statutory duties to count the votes of the Electoral College.’
Cawthorn, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2014 car crash, previously claimed on social media he was training to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. In a February 2019 post (above), Cawthorn said he was ‘pursuing this world record’
Meanwhile, Cawthorn has also been embroiled in another controversy.
The congressman, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2014 car crash, previously said in social media posts he was training to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
In one February 2019 Instagram video, the congressman said the ‘world record’s going down’ in the 100-meter dash at the 2020 Games as he trained on a wheelchair treadmill.
But named Paralympic stars have cast doubt on these claims saying they had never met him, that some of the events he spoke about don’t even exist in the athletic calendar and that his claims are regarded as a ‘joke’ among the Paralympic community.
Cawthorn’s name is also not included in the International Paralympic Committee’s list of athletes – a register of around 4,000 names that people must first be on to be able to compete.
The North Carolina Republican has faced accusations of exaggerating his career credentials in the past, after a watchdog reported he was rejected from the Naval Academy prior to the accident that left him wheelchair bound.