Far-right Congressman Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina has repeatedly embraced violent rhetoric in support of Christian fascism in the United States.
The 26 year old freshman representative has urged Christians to "take our country back" amid what he believes is a "spiritual battle." He's repeatedly referred to the Capitol insurrectionists as "political prisoners." He's foreseen "bloodshed" if elections continue to be "stolen," and claims we're headed toward "Second Amendment solutions."
In a bizarre House floor speech this week, Cawthorn once again resorted to nationalist rhetoric and petty insults in an effort to paint himself as a supporter of veterans.
"The sons and daughters of America are not foot soldiers for your party's inept, geriatric despot. They are not expendable pawns to be dispatched at the whims of an idiot, tossed carelessly around the world to godforsaken caves and bloody sandboxes. They are Americans worthy of honor and dignity. The only salute from them Joe Biden deserves involves one finger."
"We will preserve our strength through nationalism. We will champion America First today and America First forever. We earned our greatness, let others earn theirs. And if Joe Biden hasn't prostituted our preeminence to the military industrial complex, by the time Donald Trump returns, we will preserve this great city on a hill for the descendants of our grandchildren."
Despite claiming to defend veterans, Cawthorn—who lied about his own acceptance into the U.S. Naval Academy—has repeatedly run afoul of them. As recently as last week, during a virtual hearing of the Veterans Affairs Committee, Cawthorn began cleaning his gun as service members testified about breathing problems they incurred after exposure to burn pits in Afghanistan. 9/11 first responder John Feal, who was in the meeting, called the Congressman a "child," and said "I think the congressman was overcompensating for something that he lacks and feeling inadequate among the heroes on that call."
One of the first votes Cawthorn cast in Congress was against the American Rescue Plan, which allocated $2 billion for assistance to homeless veterans, despite Cawthorn lying that it didn't provide any funding for them whatsoever. Just last month, Cawthorn voted against legislation that would automatically enroll veterans in the VA healthcare system.
In the wake of this latest diatribe, actual veterans are calling Cawthorn out for his hypocrisy.
They weren't the only ones criticizing his diatribe.
Cawthorn is currently battling an effort from a group in North Carolina's 13th District.