Madison Cawthorn mocked his own constituents on Tuesday night moments after he was declared the winner of his election to fill the vacant House seat in North Carolina left by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, which will make him the youngest member of Congress when he takes office in January.
Cawthorn tweeted shortly after the race was called by the Associated Press, writing: “Cry more, lib.”
Cry more, lib.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) November 4, 2020
The 25-year-old fended off accusations of sexual misconduct and white supremacist beliefs.
Photos on his Instagram page in 2017 showed him visiting a German country home used by Adolf Hitler and Nazi officials known as the “Eagle’s Nest,” which Cawthorn described as an item “on my bucket list for awhile.”
“The vacation house of the Führer. Seeing the Eagles Nest has been on my bucket list for awhile, it did not disappoint. Strange to hear so many laughs and share such a good time with my brother where only 79 years ago a supreme evil shared laughs and good times with his compatriots,” Cawthorn wrote in the caption.
Cawthorn’s Democratic opponent, retired Air Force colonel Moe Davis, tweeted in response to the controversy: “Hitler’s vacation retreat is not on my bucket list.”
The Asheville Citizen-Times and WORLD, a Christian magazine based in Asheville, also reported that several women accused Cawthorn of making unwanted sexual advances.
Cawthorn has acknowledged that he made some unsuccessful attempts at kissing dates in high school but denied the characterizations of the encounters as sexual assault.
Cawthorn further came under fire in late October for creating an attack website accusing a journalist of leaving a job in academia “to work for non-white males, like [Sen.] Cory Booker [D-N.J.], who aims to ruin white males running for office.”
Cawthorn’s tweet Tuesday night sparked an immediate backlash, including from Republicans who called his tweet embarrassing.
“That tweet is bush league and his constituents should be embarrassed that this is his first act as their official,” a self-identified republican tweeted.
That tweet is bush league and his constituents should be embarrassed that this is his first act as their official.
— DaveG (@davegcomedy) November 4, 2020
Class act. Now your true colors can come out.
— John Jay (@ArmyVetNC) November 4, 2020
Going to celebrate by visiting more Hitler monuments?
— I was a Teenage Frankenstein Caniac (@OptimistiCaniac) November 4, 2020
North Carolina really sends garbage to the nation's capital, doesn't it?
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 4, 2020
— Red (@Redpainter1) November 4, 2020
Narrator: He won’t.
— snackenberg (@snackenberg) November 4, 2020