Congressman Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) is pictured. (AP Photo)
UPDATED 9:08 AM PT – Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Freshman firebrand Madison Cawthorn said Washington, D.C. is a pit of vipers. Clips of a recent interview of North Carolina representative on the Warrior Poet Society Podcast have been circulating online over the past few days due to bold statements made by the congressman.
Cawthorn outlined his experience during freshman orientation, saying the procedures were explained but not in a way that was easily understood. He explained that this makes new congressman rely heavily on their leadership. The Republican said this leads to consolidated power in the chambers.
Cawthorn also described seeing lawmakers being lobbied by special interest groups. He noted, he’s lucky to have his grassroots donors who don’t ask him to vote in a certain way just because they contribute to his campaign.
“I am very fortunate in my position to where I get, you know, probably $5 from 500,000 people a year versus most people who have to rely on that $70,000 check from one individual person.”
While the most picked up soundbite has been one in which he accused fellow lawmakers of engaging in unsavory activities that contradict the image they project to the American people, Cawthorn touched on many shortcomings within the federal government.
“Then there’s the kind of the whole espionage aspect that goes on in Washington,” he stated. “You know, so many people trade in secrets and there’s a currency in secrets. It’s wild.”
The North Carolina lawmaker said he’s labeled an “extremist” for wanting to return to an America with conservative values.
“I don’t want the government to be involved in your life,” he explained. “I think they federal government should make sure we never lose a war, we have good roads and we have dominate trade deals. Aside from that, keep your hands off my life.”
Cawthorn went on to say it’s time for conservatives to set the narrative and go on the offensive, while blaming Democrats and so-called Republicans In Name Only for many of the problems facing Americans today.