Letter: Wondering about Cawthorn

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Now that we know that Madison Cawthorn was rejected by the Naval Academy in spite of his nomination to that institution by former Congressman Mark Meadows and before his tragic accident occurred, one must wonder what he thinks now about his erstwhile commander in chief calling [the war dead losers and suckers] ….

Republicans are so weird. Why would young Mr. Cawthorn proudly display photos of himself at Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest? … My father, an American, lied about his age to join the Navy in World War II. He was antifa. Like, you know, he thought that Hitler, fascism, concentration camps and mass genocide were objectionable. That fighting them was worth telling a lie in order to so.

What is wrong with Madison Cawthorn that he would display himself in the way that he has? …

— Michele Mathison
Asheville

Editor’s note: Xpress contacted Cawthorn’s campaign for a response to the letter writer’s points but received none. In response to a previous Xpress letter, Cawthorn spokesman John Hart wrote: “The notion that he would celebrate a regime that would have had him — a man in a wheelchair — exterminated is absurd.”

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10 thoughts on “Letter: Wondering about Cawthorn

  1. Jon King

    We’ll continue to wonder about him for at least the next 2 years.
    All the polling I’ve seen has him in the lead over Davis.

    • Sadvokat

      Could you provide a link please to that polling. Or at least state the name of the poll? I haven’t seen anything that suggests Madison Cawthorn is ahead. Thanks.

  2. luther blissett

    John Hart needs a new script. Maybe he’s working part-time full-time?

    In the meantime, a number of alumni of Patrick Henry College signed an open letter in opposition to Cawthorn, reinforcing previous accounts of predatory behavior and adding a few more unsavory details of his very short time at PHC. To reiterate, this is a tiny private conservative Christian institution (c. 300 students, so less than half the size of Warren Wilson):

    https://twitter.com/NonNumberChar/status/1317866219689660417

    The response from Cawthorn’s campaign? “Lots of PHC alums support him. No, we can’t tell you who they are.”

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    • Enlightened Enigma

      such nasty young skulls of mush from Patrick Henry College… shameful christian behavior . sorry Madison ever went to such a lacklustre school…

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      • DreadT

        Enlightened Enema, Cawthorn has a consistent history of making misleading statements and bending the truth to fit a false narrative. Combine this with his complete lack of experience makes him a perfect puppet, I mean fit, for the current Republican party. I do agree with you, he has displayed shameful Christian behavior.

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        • luther blissett

          That open letter now has 176 signatories.

          Also, the Cawthorn campaign has decided to go after AVL Watchdog’s Tom Fiedler for “work[ing] for non-white males”: https://thebulwark.com/madison-cawthorns-racist-website/

          If this is what he and his tawdry associates do to win an election, imagine what they’ll do once they’re on taxpayer-funded salaries.

  3. Harold

    “Why would young Mr. Cawthorn proudly display photos of himself at Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest?”

    Because (like 99% of Americans) he’s ignorant of history…and geography, and (insert whatever else you’d like here).

    He’s got the Hitler Youth haircut (Proud Baby, er Boy special), flawless smile, empty eyes, and he mouths endless numbers of empty platitudes (like most people in Asheville/America).

    One could go on, and on…

    As an interesting and humorous aside: Most of these neo-nazis (like Cawthorn) are anything other than German. Uncle Adolf would definitely not approve. Nor would the REAL neo-nazis in the Fatherland.

    Only Germans, Italians, and Japanese, can be part of the Axis.

    Tsk, Tsk, tsk…

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