Former President Donald Trump may have lost the 2020 election, but a slate of candidates sharing the far-right views of his fringe supporters were elected to Congress that cycle.
While each of the freshman representatives spouts platitudes about gun rights and "America first," there's little concrete policy that's not informed by a complete fealty to the former President, the first one-term President in decades.
Congressman Cawthorn illustrated that virtue yet again with his latest proposed legislation to enshrine Trump's unfinished border wall as a national monument—or, as Cawthorn calls it, a "Donument."
Cawthorn announced the Donument Act in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon.
I’m proud to introduce the Donument Act, which places America’s border security first and dedicates the border wall… https://t.co/bZpEj7B0xr— Madison Cawthorn (@Madison Cawthorn) 1618341356.0
A giant wall at the southern border became one of Trump's most notable campaign promises during the 2016 election. Trump swore that hundreds of miles of "beautiful" wall would be erected and that Mexico would pay for it.
Toward the end of his term, Trump repeatedly parroted the misleading claim that he'd built over 400 miles of the wall in four years. In reality, less than 100 miles of the wall is new.
On the first day of his presidency, President Joe Biden rescinded Trump's emergency declaration that allowed the former President to secure funding for the border. While previously allocated elements of the wall will still be completed, the Biden Administration has been clear in its opposition.
Rep. Cawthorn's proposal to turn the incomplete wall into a monument was poorly-received.
Is this really how you want to legislate? What a waste of a Congressional seat. https://t.co/tk3CIM4jY6— The Answer Man (@The Answer Man) 1618404347.0
Trump has turned the entire GOP into Pick Me tricks for QAnon. https://t.co/FSIoUFB9Yx— Fuzzy Badass (@Fuzzy Badass) 1618367077.0
the thing about this is, yes, it's absurd, but it really captures the GOP's approach to the border it's all about… https://t.co/Ui0yDZIQy4— Joe Sudbay (@Joe Sudbay) 1618408346.0
Madison Cawthorn introduced an absolute JOKE. The “Donument” act. To make the border wall a National Monument a DON… https://t.co/pAiWMdksKR— Alexis (@Alexis) 1618353691.0
I log into Twitter for two minutes and already see the dumbest thing I’ve seen all week. https://t.co/SOa1roPyYz— Braxton Marcela (@Braxton Marcela) 1618345112.0
a .... national monument????? where’s ashton kutcher? https://t.co/lsXgz5bv9t— Emily Bishop (@Emily Bishop) 1618341468.0
The name for it was panned as well.
'Hi, I'm Madison Cawthorn. A 'Donument' is a word I learned from my colleagues like the women who failed her GED t… https://t.co/EVCypI9k1v— Francisco Vives (T.A.F.K.A. Paco Luís ♏ontaña) (@Francisco Vives (T.A.F.K.A. Paco Luís ♏ontaña)) 1618342975.0
Holy cow..I thought this was an Onion parody. The Donument Act?! 😂 https://t.co/5w0N2ZV7mI— jmeeshell (@jmeeshell) 1618393236.0
Donument?!?!?!?!?!?!?! https://t.co/Wp4yH16GaR— Wear a mask, save a teacher (@Wear a mask, save a teacher) 1618361261.0
The legislation is unlikely to pass the Democratic House of Representatives.