Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) was ridiculed Tuesday evening after a random tweet saying the book 1984 is becoming America.
1984 is a great fiction novel to read but it seems like it is becoming the reality we are currently living under more and more each day.— Madison Cawthorn (@Madison Cawthorn) 1628641963.0
The first important bit of information for Cawthorn to know is that all novels are fiction. The second point is that it is obvious Cawthorn has never read the book. The George Orwell dystopian future details the consequences of totalitarianism, state surveillance and dictatorial regimes from repressive leaders. Orwell was a democratic socialist and was writing his book as a critique on Stalin's Russia and Nazi Germany after the war had ended.
Much of the book also explores the role of truth and factual information in politics and government. It's a take that many commented on during President Donald Trump's presidency when his chief strategist, Kellyanne Conway, invented the phrase "alternative facts" to avoid calling out his lies. Orwell's book easily foretold of a leader like Trump, who manipulated reality to achieve greater power and control.
So, it's clear that Cawthorn has never read the book and doesn't know what it's about.
See the mockery below:
You’ve never read 1984. https://t.co/6NObAqumMh— Miranda Yaver, PhD (@Miranda Yaver, PhD) 1628647332.0
Fiction novel. My favorite kind of novel. https://t.co/5PJMdUvdLb— Ruth Marcus (@Ruth Marcus) 1628647513.0
@CawthornforNC "in conclusion, 1984 is a great fiction novel that everyone should read. thank you for listening to my book report"— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1628647989.0
@CawthornforNC Not sure why but describing something as "a great fiction novel to read" is very funny to me, thanks Madison!— Cody Johnston (@Cody Johnston) 1628645271.0
Tell me you’ve never read 1984 without telling me https://t.co/dWaK0MLE6L— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1628652612.0
I did not know I needed that belly laugh. The concept of Cawthorn reading, "1984" is funny by itself, but he thinks… https://t.co/PHtiNyJYku— Stray Political Cat (@Stray Political Cat) 1628648600.0
This is too rich! Madison Cawthorn has definitely NOT read '1984'! https://t.co/gK9kpTf5kW— Jenny Hunt (@Jenny Hunt) 1628649599.0
@KevinMKruse @CawthornforNC “1984 is a great fiction novel” is 2021’s “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.”— Windsor Mann (@Windsor Mann) 1628650153.0
@CawthornforNC 1. All novels are fiction. 2. A great one “to read?” What else are you going to do with it? 3. You clearly didn’t read it.— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel Jollett) 1628646248.0
The great fiction novel 1984 which has many pages of words has a great literal message. It says that in the year 19… https://t.co/dzGwgNa9Nx— A Normal Duck, Political Scientist (@A Normal Duck, Political Scientist) 1628648575.0
@MollyJongFast @CawthornforNC And literally the only thing you can do with them is read them.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1628649794.0
@CawthornforNC You’re very good at the communications talking speech.— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1628647082.0
“Great fiction novel to read” is also particularly funny for 1984, a story that’s like ONLY allegory and subtext.… https://t.co/IDm9BtliLB— AKA Lizzie Brooks, Actual Pink Ranger (@AKA Lizzie Brooks, Actual Pink Ranger) 1628649256.0
@Redpainter1 One can tell in 1 tweet that Cawthorn never has read 1984.— Tengrain ✂️ 6-feet-away-or-6-feet-under (@Tengrain ✂️ 6-feet-away-or-6-feet-under) 1628649826.0