On Saturday, newly elected Republican congressman Madison Cawthorn appeared on CNN to try and explain why he moved to contest the election results in the first place. Speaking to Pamela Brown, the 25-year-old was soon left grasping for words after he was asked to present some of the reasons or evidence as to why he chose to oppose the results.
Cawthorn admitted that he didn’t contest some of the conspiracy theories that had been presented by Trump and his cohorts – sceptical of ballot drop boxes that had been set up in parks in the state of Wisconsin. However, as Brown pointed out to him this claim has already been disputed and dismissed by Trump-appointed judges.
In response he said, “Indeed, I believe specifically… and this is the one that I debated on behalf of on the House floor… in Wisconsin that was never heard because they dismissed it because of standing. Now I don’t believe that is a concrete enough of a way… to dismiss it.”
Brown then moved on to ask Cawthorn why he focused on states that flipped for Biden when his own state of North Carolina also changed voting rules because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Again he was left struggling to find a reasonable explanation for this.
Towards the end of the interview, Brown had backed Cawthorn into a corner to the point that he had no choice but to admit that the election wasn’t fraudulent in any way and that Biden is legitimately the president of the the United States. He did add that he had ‘no regrets’ about the moves that he had made to contest the election.
Cawthorn, who has previously been accused of sexual assault and being a white supremacist, was one of the few elected officials who spoke to Trump supporters outside of the White House on 6 January hours before they stormed the Capitol Building, calling his colleagues in Congress “cowards.”