cawthorn controversy

North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District Representative David Madison Cawthorn (born August 1, 1995) is an American politician. He was elected to Congress in 2020 as a Republican to succeed Mark Meadows. When he ran for re-election in May 2022, he was defeated by Chuck Edwards in the Republican primary.

Cawthorn is the firstborn in the 1990s and the youngest member of Congress since Jed Johnson Jr. A Christian and constitutional conservative, he describes himself. Controversial rhetoric, including falsely claiming that the 2020 presidential election was rigged, has drawn criticism from the public.

cawthorn controversy

With Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) unpopular in Washington, Republicans in western North Carolina chose state senator Chuck Edwards as their candidate for the heavily conservative 11th congressional district on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.


  • The AP called the race for Edwards at 11:09 p.m. Eastern time, as Edwards led Cawthorn 33.4% to 31.9% with nearly all the votes counted.
  • Cawthorn called Edwards at around 10 p.m. Tuesday to concede defeat, according to multiple reports, citing Cawthorn spokesman Luke Ball.
  • Former President Donald Trump endorsed Cawthorn and reaffirmed support for him on Monday, saying on Truth Social: “Recently, he made some foolish mistakes, which I don’t believe he’ll make again.”
  • Edwards largely avoided criticizing Trump during the campaign, but slammed Cawthorn’s conduct and blasted the congressman for riling up a crowd of Trump supporters at a rally on January 6, 2021, which went on to attack the U.S. Capitol.
  • Much of Cawthorn’s support came from rural areas, while Edwards fared better in more populated parts of the district, winning Buncombe County, home of Asheville.


cawthorn controversy

In recent months, Cawthorn has come under fire from Republicans like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and others for his support of Trump and the hard-right wing of the party.

The two met on March 30 to discuss Cawthorn’s allegations that D.C. political figures invited him to orgies and did cocaine in front of him, which Cawthorn admitted he exaggerated, according to McCarthy. Despite this, Cawthorn’s reputation continued to deteriorate in the following weeks.

In light of Cawthorn’s claim to uphold traditional, conservative Christian values, images of him in women’s underwear and naked in bed with another man drew particular attention. Recently, Cawthorn has also encountered legal difficulties. Senator Thom Tillis called for an investigation into Cawthorn’s involvement in a Let’s Go Brandon cryptocurrency insider trading scheme in late April, while he was fined for having his gun in his carry-on bag at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

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cawthorn controversy

For the first time since Jed Johnson Jr. in 1964, a 25-year-old was elected to Congress in 2020, making Cawthorn the youngest person elected to Congress since that time.

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