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A Republican from North Carolina was ridiculed on Monday after making a hilarious blunder while attempting to lecture Democrats about facts.
Rep. Madison Cawthorne (R-NC) was homeschooled as a child and then attended a single semester of college, during which he "earned mostly D's." On Thursday, Cawthorne demonstrated his intelligence during a speech on the House floor about facts.
"It was Thomas Jefferson that said 'Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.' Let's cast our eyes over the facts, shall we," he said.
The quote that Cawthorne misattributed to Jefferson is actually a famous quote by John Adams.
Here's some of what people were saying about Cawthorne and stubborn facts:
That wasn’t Thomas Jefferson, it was John Adams. What an ignorant posturing jackweasel. https://t.co/7Yx4LwEW5t— Charles Johnson (@Charles Johnson) 1624569939.0
just one of the stupidest people in congress acyn i mean gohmert level stupidity
— darth™ (@darth) June 24, 2021
It's a fact that John Adams said that.
It's a fact that Cawthorn doesn't factcheck. pic.twitter.com/BxMC8cl2jE
— Stray Political Cat (@StrayPolitical) June 24, 2021
I give Madison Cawthorn credit for consistently being wrong about everything.
— Roy Hobbs (@RoyH0bbs) June 24, 2021
Abraham Lincoln just tweeted "Lol" to this.
— Schrödinger's Litter Box (@Brewjew308) June 24, 2021
Well...he's consistent in being wrong about history... pic.twitter.com/o9CZJrRhCu
— 🐝🚢🚲🚗Ꭰҽղąҽ 🚌🚀🛩🚉 (@DenaePFA) June 24, 2021
Honestly, his "communications" staff is not doing him any favors and might really dislike/hate him. Kind of like Meghan McCains hair stylist.
— DebbieM NO FBR Lists!*Biden/Harris, Senate/House!* (@MaukDebbie) June 24, 2021
@MitchSolomonLA @Acyn I suspect his staff is similarly not very bright.— Brooklyn Events (@Brooklyn Events) 1624570199.0
Had he actually attended a school, he'd know Jefferson didn't say that. But I guess his mom doesn't know her history as well when she wrote up his homeschool curriculum.
— Phillip Davis (@Phil_Davis_) June 24, 2021
Easy mistake, since Jefferson and Adams were basically the same person except that they had opposite views about everything and hated each other
— Severin (@severininfurs) June 24, 2021
John Adams is PISSED right now.
— Marc 2Xor3X Hoodie (@thegoodfello) June 24, 2021
No. Nope. Wrong. It was John Adams. Do these people not know how to google? https://t.co/TY6PbnUUHJ— Andrea R MD (@Andrea R MD) 1624570107.0
Getting a fact wrong about a quote about facts...Cawthorn is next level. https://t.co/rBmQoDBQpx— somepeoplelikeit (@somepeoplelikeit) 1624570029.0
Never underestimate the inappropriate confidence of a right wing nut. Facts are stubborn things: but he can't even… https://t.co/3Bx1srLORe— (((Howard Forman))) (@(((Howard Forman)))) 1624570679.0
Matt Gaetz’s attack on Joint Chiefs is part of the GOP’s long-running attack against the military: report
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was schooled by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley on Wednesday, leading to a right-wing meltdown on Fox News. Overnight, the Republican-promoting network lashed out at Gen. Milley saying that his comments about race and being well-read was enough for the military to be defunded.
"Before this, there are no known examples of one of the two major political parties in the United States calling for defunding the U.S. military over a simple desire to understand what was behind an attack against the United States Capitol and Constitution, as Milley made clear," said MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace. "Nor is there any precedent for defunding the military over intellectual curiosity but here we are."
Paul Rieckhoff of Righteous Media, explained that this is probably not the best argument for the Republican Party to make.
"The culture war led by members of the GOP has now fully bled into the military," said Rieckhoff. "Our troops, military leaders under political attack not by ISIS but by radical extremist anti-American elected officials, pundits and other blowhards putting themselves and the personal agenda ahead of our country. Our enemies are celebrated. Attacking a respected combat leader with integrity and honor by Matt Gaetz, who is a coward and probably should be in jail. This is how far it's gotten and political suicide for the Republicans and drivers independents and moderates running from the Republican Party. This is their equivalent of defunding the police and it will have the same reaction from the middle of the country."
Kevin Baron of Defense One explained that this isn't the first time the GOP has decided to attack the military.
Most recently, the GOP may be after Gen. Milley, but a few weeks ago it was Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) attacking the military, implying that they are weak and "emasculated" because they aired an ad showing a woman trained on missile defense in the military having gay parents. Cruz has never served in the military.
Before that, Fox News' Tucker Carlson did a commentary also attacking the military because a pregnant fighter pilot was able to get a maternity fighter suit. The Air Force spends millions training fighter pilots each year, so cutting one out because she's "showing" isn't something the military does.
Before that, it was former President Donald Trump attacking late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) because he was captured in Vietnam and served the rest of his time as a prisoner of war. Then Trump attacked the parents of a Gold Star recipient who died in combat because he was Muslim.
"It's the same argument I have heard about women in combat, about transgender troops, gays in the military back to the integration of African-Americans in the military in the '40s," said Baron. "The idea to directly attack the Joint Chiefs is new and is different. I think there's a little bit of nuance to say we all know the critical race theory story is in part a charade for racism. All right? It is a lot of the pushback of a year by white Americans who feel, 'Wait a minute! I'm not all the horrible things. Why do you teach this thing?'"
He explained that what happened yesterday wasn't even about Gaetz but about Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) who is a Green Beret, the only one in Congress, who complained that it was betaught at West Point. The exchange "was pretty benign," said Baron. Milley caused fireworks when he said that a lot of things are taught at West Point, and they should be, because he too wants to understand why "white rage" is where it is and why people felt like it was acceptable to attack the U.S. Capitol and try and stop an election.
"So, Paul's right," he closed. "There's a lot of troops who are seeing the boss be attacked by a partisan firebrand and troops are saying, 'We don't want to do this' or 'Why are we being put through this?' It seems to me like Gaetz is on kind of a wrong side of history to these similar examples in the past with the politicians."
See the full discussion below:
Republicans decide to defund the military www.youtube.com
On Thursday, POLITICO reported that House Republicans are circulating a memo from Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), chair of the Republican Study Committee, pushing members to lean hard into the attacks on "Critical Race Theory," saying that it is necessary to thwart its teaching in order to "rebuild our country."
"The Democrat Party [sic] has wholly embraced Critical Race Theory and all its conclusions… that America is a racist country and that our institutions are racist and need to be destroyed from the ground up. This is a revolutionary posture," said the memo. "We are in a culture war. On one side, Republicans are working to renew American patriotism and rebuild our country. On the other, Democrats have embraced and given platform to a radical element who want to tear America down."
Banks went on to argue that rejecting analysis of racism in the country is consistent with the "dream" of Dr. Martin Luther King — a common and destructive myth about the civil right's leader's beliefs.
Critical Race Theory is a school of academic thought that seeks to analyze the ways that racism and racial conflict have shaped America's government, laws, and institutions. Republicans have wrongly claimed that its adherents are promoting the idea that America and/or white people are inherently evil, and right-wing media outlets have whipped up a moral panic about it being taught in schools — even though it isn't actually taught in virtually any K-12 school in America, and is mainly limited to higher education.
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