On Thursday reports came out from North Carolina TV station WRAL that Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a Republican windbag from the Tar Heel State, had said a lot of wild things at some sort of public event. Specifically, the well-known hyperbolic liar of a Congressman was quoted as telling an audience that they needed to “remember that Zelenskyy is a thug. Remember that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt and is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies.”
The WRAL report comes from a video recorded at an event that purportedly took place over the weekend. According to the news outlet, Cawthorn did what he does most of the time: not work on legislation that might help his constituents while running around self-promoting his brand of unabashed ignorance. So where exactly he made these taped statements remained a mystery until CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski pointed out that famed neocon dungeon master Karl Rove referenced them in an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.
Rove’s op-ed slams the Trump wing of the GOP. This, of course, makes sense as there is a battle for control of the mostly fascist political party. The battle is being waged between the older guard of neocons, represented by folks like Rep. Liz Cheney, and the newer mad hatters represented by people like Lauren Boebert and Madison Cawthorn. Rove’s piece included this paragraph:
These numbers suggest that Republican members of Congress, candidates and commentators echoing Mr. Trump’s isolationism and Kremlin apologetics are out of sync with GOP voters. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R., N.C.) didn’t reflect Republican opinion when he called Mr. Zelensky “a thug” and Ukraine’s government “incredibly evil” last Saturday at a town hall in Asheville, N.C. Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance was way out of touch with GOP voters when he declared in an interview, “I gotta be honest with you, I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine one way or another.” He later backtracked, perhaps having realized he’d offended Ohio’s large Ukrainian-American community as well as plenty of Reaganite Republicans.
The video (which can be watched below) has added to the story and comes just a day after news that Cawthorn is now facing two vehicular citations: one for speeding at 89 MPH, and the other of driving with a revoked license. Cawthorn has shown that he not only doesn’t follow rules, but he doesn’t enjoy laws, either. This does line up with his practices of not passing legislation and doing the job he was elected to do.
Shortly after it was reported that he had decided to attack Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and call the Ukrainian government evil, Cawthorn went to one of his Twitter accounts to play the other side of the coin, “The actions of Putin and Russia are disgusting. But leaders, including Zelensky, should NOT push misinformation on America. I am praying for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. Pray also we are not drawn into conflict based on foreign leaders pushing misinformation.”
Woke ideologies? Who knows what he’s talking about. It’s all conspiracy buzz words and doublespeak. Cawthorn has shown a willingness to steal any and everyone’s valor. He has lied and said the car accident that left him paralyzed was the reason he didn’t attend the U.S. Naval Academy—in truth, he was rejected before his accident. He has lied and said that he was left for dead by his friend after his accident—when actually, his friend and others pulled him from the wreckage to save his life. He has said that he seriously trained for the Paralympics—and Paralympians were offended because he lied about that. He’s a pretty shameless and grotesque person.
Cawthorn’s willingness to shamelessly lie and speechify a vitriolic brand of rhetoric has been well-documented. In the past year he has focused his energies, like many other Republicans, on misinforming the public about public health policies while trying to incite chaos that directly affects the education of children. Recently, he disrespected actual military veterans at a hearing by cleaning his gun in some pathetic attempt at pretending he himself was some kind of military person, before voting against the PACT Act that would help support veterans exposed to toxic burn pits.