Remarks made by U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) are being seen as so volatile and destructive some are calling for his expulsion from Congress.
The North Carolina Republican lawmaker was warned to stop campaigning across the country and start paying attention to his own constituents. On Sunday, The Washington Post reports, Cawthorn told his local Macon County Republican Party "that elections in the United States are 'rigged' and said there will be 'bloodshed' if the country's electoral system continues on its current path."
Immediately after holding a shotgun Cawthorn said, "I will tell you, as much as I am willing to defend our liberty at all costs, there is nothing that I would dread doing more than having to pick up arms against a fellow American. And the way that we can have recourse against that is if we all passionately demand that we have election security in all 50 states."
After urging President Joe Biden's Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, Cawthorn promised, “I will remove Joe Biden from office, and then, when Kamala Harris inevitably screws up, we will take them down, one at a time."
And he called those arrested in the January 6 insurrection, which he helped incite, “political prisoners" and “political hostages."
The Post also reported that on Sunday "a member of the crowd asked Cawthorn, 'When are you going to call us to Washington again?'"
In response, Cawthorn appeared to suggest that plans for a gathering were in the works, although he did not provide details.
“That — we are actively working on that one," he said. “I don't have an answer to that one right yet. But we are actively working on this. We have a few plans in motion that I can't make public right now."
At Macon County GOP event yesterday, Madison Cawthorn called January 6 rioters “political hostages," and spoke of trying to “bust them out." Then- Attendee: “When are you gonna call us to Washington again?" Cawthorn: “We are actively working on that one."pic.twitter.com/hN96kswnNt
— Aaron Fritschner (@Fritschner) August 30, 2021
As news spreads of his remarks, many are furious and demanding he be expelled from Congress.
Expel Madison Cawthorn. This is unacceptable from any Representative.
— Darryl Bernstein (@BernsteinPhoto) August 31, 2021
How can Madison Cawthorn not be expelled from Congress over this?
How did @SpeakerPelosi move faster over a misjudged @IlhanMN tweet than she is over repeated threats of violence from GOP members of Congress like Cawthorn? https://t.co/IVF0smphgj — Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) August 31, 2021
Expel Cawthorn and all these traitors -Andy Biggs, Lauren Boebert, Mo Brooks, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, and Louie Gohmert.
— Andrea Issa (@PublicAdvocacy) August 30, 2021
Madison Cawthorn should be expelled from Congress over this https://t.co/F44AbYkEWH
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) August 30, 2021
Expel Madison Cawthorn. He's a traitorous bastard. Pass it on.#ExpelCawthorn
— Elgin Charles (@ElginCharles) August 30, 2021
I'm told today would be a great day to expel Madison Cawthorn from Congress. #ExpelCawthorn
— Paint USA Blue (@AblueUs) August 30, 2021
The Speaker should immediately expel Madison cawthorn from Congress . https://t.co/4U2fHxCiVx
— 🐐 (@LordCalderonn) August 30, 2021
Expel Cawthorn. Pass it on.#ExpelCawthorn
— Avenger Resister (@AvengerResister) August 30, 2021
@SpeakerPelosi it's time, overtime, to expel Madison Cawthorn for incitement. What more does this sociopath have to say before you take action? https://t.co/IBxs46UKB3
— Avram Rubin PhD (@AvramRubin) August 31, 2021
Expel Rep. Cawthorn needs to be expelled for inciting extremists by lying about non existent election fraud.
— chriskollack (@chriskollack) August 31, 2021
@SpeakerPelosi Madam Speaker, We need to find a way to expel MOCs like Madison Cawthorn who are calling for violent overthrow of our government!
— Cheryl Cardran 🌹 (@cheryl_cardran) August 31, 2021
This nonsense MUST end! We have Rs constantly instigating/promoting violence while threatening a tyrannical overthrow of our Democracy.
Madison Cawthorn is a traitor, insurrection supporter, & is actively working to cause more harm. Expel, Subpoena, & Charge Cawthorn! https://t.co/BulzsHXtCb — WaPoTato2 (@WaPoTato2) August 30, 2021