Freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., is facing an ethics complaint following a Friday altercation on the House floor that colleagues reportedly feared would boil over into an actual fistfight, reports said.
This article first appeared on Salon.
The spat between Cawthorn and Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., began with a disagreement over cosponsorship of a particular bill, according to POLITICO. Cawthorn visited McKinley's office to request his name be taken off the bill, which he said he had mistakenly been added to, but the first-year legislator quickly became embroiled in a heated exchange with one of McKinley's staffers.
At one point, he reportedly told the woman to lower her voice when speaking to "a member of Congress," and condescendingly asked if her boss "was that guy with the mustache that nobody f---ing knows," POLITICO reported, citing staffers who had witnessed the conflict.
The beef continued later with a full-on screaming match on the House floor between the two Congressmen, after Cawthorn approached McKinley and asked: "What is your name?"
"You know damn well who I am," McKinley replied.
As the brouhaha progressed, McKinley repeatedly referred to Cawthorn as "junior," which clearly got under his skin.
"I said, 'Your district will remember that," Cawthorn told POLITICO after the incident. "And if you want to run for re-election and you're going to sit here and attack me all over this stuff, I will make sure they remember. And then he started getting all kinds of angry."
The staffer Cawthorn reportedly berated later filed an ethics complaint relating to the incident, though the exact details of the document are unclear.
Cawthorn tried to cool tensions Friday night by writing letters to both McKinley and the staffer in question, saying he wishes "no ill will between our offices" and that he hopes they can "focus on our true adversaries."
He even signed the letter to McKinley's staffer, "Your ally."
Large percentage of Republicans believe 'patriotic Americans’ could 'take the law into their own hands’
Nearly half of Republican voters believe there will come a time when the so-called "American patriots" will "have take the law into their own hands," the findings of a new survey reveal.
The new survey, conducted by GW Politics Poll, analyzed the belief systems of Democrats and Republicans. Based on the survey's findings, there are stark differences between Democratic and Republican voters' perspectives of the law and their trust and confidence in the government.
Republican voters in states former President Donald Trump won during the 2020 election have a higher level of trust in their state and local officials than Republicans residing in blue states won by President Joe Biden. While the same trend is evident where Democratic voters are concerned, the survey indicates it is far "less profound."
Danny Hayes, a George Washington University political science professor and co-director of the GW Politics Poll weighed in with more details about the survey findings.
"Most of the state and local officials who run our elections are long-time public servants whose goal is simply to help our democracy operate smoothly," Hayes said. "But if we've gotten to a place where voters trust the electoral system only when their side wins, then that undermines the idea of non-partisan election administration, which is essential for democracy."
"Support for fundamental principles such as free and fair elections, free speech, and peaceful protest are nearly unanimous among both Democrats and Republicans. Their views on other democratic values, however, differ dramatically. Over half of Republicans (55%) supported the possible use of force to preserve the "traditional American way of life," compared to 15% of Democrats. When asked if a time will come when "patriotic Americans have to take the law into their own hands," 47% of Republicans agreed, as opposed to just 9% of Democrats."
The reference to patriotic Americans could raise concerns given what transpired at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the deadly event serves as a reminder of what could happen when Americans "take the law into their own hands."
'You got caught': Trump buried for freakout over new report he tried to use DOJ to steal the election
It took almost 24 hours but Donald Trump finally issued a statement attacking Democrats for releasing notes that showed he tried to bully the Department of Justice into calling the 2020 presidential election "corrupt" and that that he would take it from there afterward.
With lawmakers and ex-prosecutors calling for Trump to be indicted for sedition after the New York Times dropped the bombshell report on Friday, on Saturday Trump tried what one critic called "lame idiotic spin" in an effort to make himself look like a hero for standing up for voter "integrity."
"The corrupt and highly partisan House Democrats who run the House Oversight Committee yesterday released documents—including court filings dealing with the rigged election of 2020—that they dishonestly described as attempting to overturn the election" Trump asserted in a statement issued through spokesperson Liz Harrington
He added, ""In fact, it is just the opposite. The documents were meant to uphold the integrity and honesty of elections and the sanctity of our vote."
Needless to say, few on Twitter were buying it as you can see from the comments below:
@realLizUSA Notice he doesn't deny telling the acting attorney general just say it was corrupt and leave the rest t… https://t.co/3XODNijEXK— Keith Murray (@Keith Murray) 1627747800.0
@realLizUSA Will the TFG ever stop whining about the 2020 election he lost? Ever?— David Allen (@David Allen) 1627745798.0
@realLizUSA We see you. #NeverWas https://t.co/TXHOGGwYrR— BlessYourHeart (@BlessYourHeart) 1627748233.0
@realLizUSA Trump is a lying conman that needs to be arrested today!!!! He is a seditious traitor. #LockHimUp… https://t.co/trGwhHbCOl— Zoe Martin💙☮️☀️🌵 (@Zoe Martin💙☮️☀️🌵) 1627747078.0
@realLizUSA OMG. How pathetic can you get. Trump gets caught time and time again doing illegal and criminal things… https://t.co/TEhsETagHV— Johnny Rocko (@Johnny Rocko) 1627747159.0
@realLizUSA Woo, Donald is crying with fear and rage and it’s all kinds of delicious.— robinjslick (@robinjslick) 1627747999.0
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