A right-wing Republican congressional candidate in North Carolina deleted several pictures he posted to Instagram from a 2017 vacation to the Eagle’s Nest, the Nazi retreat in Germany that Hitler visited more than a dozen times.
Madison Cawthorn, a Trump-loving candidate for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District, could be seen smiling in several photos taken at various locations at the Eagle’s Nest.
The photos were removed Monday, the same day that a report by Jezebel made the case that he is “following the playbook of other, more successful far-right Republicans in recent years, attempting to rebrand his extreme views … as squarely in the mainstream of the Republican Party.”
In addition to calling Hitler “the Führer,” a term of reverence, Cawthorn also said that a trip to visit “the Eagles Nest has been on my bucket list for awhile, it did not disappoint.”
As Jezebel revealed, Cawthorn named his real estate company SPQR, the acronym of the Latin phrase “Senatus Populusque Romanus, a term popular among white nationalists. He also proudly displays an early American flag in his home that the Anti-Defamation League says has been appropriated by far-right extremists, according to the Jezebel report.
After the Jezebel report was published, the pictures began circulating on social media before they were deleted. Among those who shared the photos on Twitter was Moe Davis, the Democrat opposing Cawthorn in North Carolina’s 11th District, a traditional Republican district in the western part of the state.
Davis wrote on Twitter Monday that “Hitler’s vacation retreat is not on my bucket list.”
— Moe Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) August 11, 2020
Cawthorn defeated Trump’s pick in North Carolina’s Republican primary. But after his victory, Cawthorn issued a statement proclaiming his support for Trump.
“I want to make something clear; I support our great president,” Cawthorn said. “I do not believe this election has been a referendum on the president’s influence. The people of western North Carolina are wise and discerning. You observed both candidates and simply made the choice you believed is best for our district. I look forward to fighting alongside our president after I’m elected in November.”
During his lengthy interview with Turning Point co-founder Charlie Kirk, Cawthorn claimed the LGBT movement used to be “just two people who want to be able to get married.” But transgender rights are a step too far for Cawthorn. “Now it’s saying we need to be able to have gender reassignment surgery for 12-year-olds,” he warned.
UPDATE: Cawthorne appears to have reposted the deleted vacation photos on Wednesday following multiple reports about the post.