Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) had an awkward moment with a Newsmax host Wednesday evening when discussing why AR-15s and military weapons should continue to be legal for anyone to use.
Cawthorn tried to argue that assault rifles are necessary to protect America against the federal government, which he works for.
"If anybody ever wants to say 'oh, well you know what, citizens with a few small arms fire would never be able to stop the federal government' - I absolutely disagree. Ask the Viet Cong how they handled the Marines and the Army in Vietnam," said Cawthorn.
The Viet Cong had a military force that fought the United States during the war. The United States lost the war against them.
One person resurrected a video of Fidel Castro similarly singing the praises of the Viet Cong.
Since Viet Cong is trending here's a video of Fidel Castro talking about the greatest gift Vietnam gave to the world https://t.co/fot2bflwmR— 🕊Guillotine Party ☭ 🔜 (@🕊Guillotine Party ☭ 🔜) 1623892297.0
Some went on to question if Cawthron was attempting to label the Democrats as Communists and Viet Cong as the real Americans.
See the video and comments below:
Democrats are Communists, while real Americans seek to emulate the Viet Cong. https://t.co/nDIBb8VWfB— Seth Masket (@Seth Masket) 1623887953.0
Republicans now regard the Viet Cong as Second Amendment heroes. https://t.co/1mNZssFc3m— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™ (@David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™) 1623889614.0
Wasn’t expecting to see a US congressman talking up the glories of the Viet Cong, TBH…. https://t.co/WO1ADTOwYE— Garrett M. Graff (@Garrett M. Graff) 1623889557.0
Let's review: -Confederates must be honored -Nazis are very fine people -the Russian military makes the best ads -t… https://t.co/d5Y9azyXhX— Brandon Friedman (@Brandon Friedman) 1623890512.0
The Viet Cong taught us that a small guerrilla army backed by another nation's regular army, with all war productio… https://t.co/bDHK7NtpZV— Stan "Cool kids get vaccines" O. (@Stan "Cool kids get vaccines" O.) 1623885710.0