Whoa, religious extremists are calling for people to fight.

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18 Jul 2021, 2:36 am

I just caught the last minute or so of this. This guy is nuts. So are the people cheering him on.

https://fb.watch/6PAOLXiFRz/


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18 Jul 2021, 5:50 am

he also says, 'we must stand up against this', which, given he's in a wheelchair, made me laugh.
now I feel guilty.

Damn Christians.


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18 Jul 2021, 9:33 am

I did watch the whole thing. He talked about being a healthy 18 year old in the passenger seat of a car that crashed into a concrete wall. Becoming profoundly disabled, not being able to speak. His long rehab. He came to a point in his life where he was thinking about ending it. His parents were bugging him to figure it out. He was making a pro and con list when having God on his side tipped the scales to keep on living. He said opposing people such as Nancy Pelosi is not hard it is the easy part. He says he is an alternative to the “socialists” members of his generation see.

Madison Cawthorn - Wikipedia

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He is the youngest member of Congress since Jed Johnson Jr. and the first born in the 1990s.

In 2014, at age 18, Cawthorn was seriously injured while returning from a spring-break trip to Florida. He was a riding as a passenger in a BMW X3 SUV near Daytona Beach, Florida, when his friend Bradley Ledford fell asleep at the wheel. The SUV crashed into a concrete barrier while Cawthorn's feet were on the dashboard.In a 2017 speech, Cawthorn said that Ledford left him "to die in a fiery tomb"; Ledford publicly disputed this in 2021, saying that he pulled Cawthorn from the wreck once he escaped the vehicle. In their depositions, Cawthorn stated that he had "no memory from the accident", while Ledford said that he had helped rescue an unconscious Cawthorn. In the same 2017 speech, Cawthorn declared that he was "declared dead on the scene" of the accident, but the official accident report listed Cawthorn as "incapacitated". The injuries from the accident left Cawthorn partially paralyzed, and he now uses a wheelchair.He said he accrued $3 million in medical debt during his recovery;he has received that amount as settlement from an insurance company, as well as other payments, and as of February 2021 is seeking $30 million more.

U.S. Representative Mark Meadows nominated Cawthorn to the United States Naval Academy in 2014, but his application was rejected before his 2014 car accident; Cawthorn had claimed during his congressional campaign in advertisements that the accident "derailed" his plans to attend the Academy. Cawthorn subsequently said that at the time of the injury, he knew only that he had been nominated to the Academy and that he had expected to be accepted, and added that he never said that he had been accepted before the accident took place, but could have applied again later. But in a lawsuit deposition, Cawthorn admitted that he had been rejected before the accident.
During the fall 2016 semester, Cawthorn attended Patrick Henry College, studying political science, but earned mostly D grades and dropped out. He said his grades were low primarily because his injuries had interfered with his ability to learn. Cawthorn said in a deposition, "You know, suffering from a brain injury after the accident definitely I think it slowed my brain down a little bit. Made me less intelligent. And the pain also made reading and studying very difficult." He also said he withdrew due to "heartbreak" after his fiancée broke up with him.

In 2017, Cawthorn posted an Instagram picture of his visit to Adolf Hitler's vacation residence Eagle's Nest, which he said had been on his "bucket list for a while". In the post, he called Hitler Führer, a German term meaning "leader", and the site "supreme evil".During his 2020 campaign, the post generated criticism and allegations of far-right sympathies. In response, Cawthorn denied being a white supremacist, calling the allegations ridiculous, and said he "completely and wholeheartedly denounce[s] any kind of white nationalism, any kind of Nazism".The Anti-Defamation League's analyst Mark Pitcavage said he did not see much merit in the accusations against Cawthorn. Some Jewish residents of his congressional district expressed concern about the incident, including Esther Manheimer, mayor of Asheville, the district's largest city. Cawthorn deleted the Instagram entry on August 10.

Before Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, Cawthorn addressed the crowd and said, "this crowd has some fight." He voted not to certify the Electoral College results in Congress and called Republicans who voted to certify the results "spineless cowards".

On January 23, 2021, on CNN Newsroom, Pamela Brown asked Cawthorn about his views of the election results, to which Cawthorn eventually responded that there was no voter fraud. He said, "You know, the Constitution allowed for us to be able to push back as much as we could and I did that to the amount of the constitutional limits that I had at my disposal. So now I would say that Joseph R. Biden is our president". According to Time, Cawthorn was "trying to have it both ways.

In August 2020, during Cawthorn's campaign for Congress, several women came forward accusing him of sexually aggressive behavior, sexual misconduct, and sexual assault. Cawthorn did not deny the allegations, but said, "I did try and kiss her, just very normal, just in a flirtatious way", adding, "If I did make her feel unsafe, I feel bad",

On October 17, 2020, a group of Patrick Henry College alumni released a public letter accusing Cawthorn of "sexually predatory behavior" while he was a student there for little more than one semester, as well as of vandalism and lying. The letter originally had 10 signatories but the number increased to over 150 alumni. Cawthorn claimed that most of the signers did not know him personally and his campaign posted a letter of support for him signed by six alumni, two of whom work for Cawthorn's campaign. The letter implied support by former Patrick Henry College President Michael Farris; Farris disavowed the support letter and asked that he not be associated with it.

A February 2021 BuzzFeed News investigation found 20 people who said that Cawthorn had harassed his female classmates during college; the reporters spoke to four women who said that Cawthorn had harassed them. It was alleged that Cawthorn often recklessly drove women in his car to remote areas off campus while asking them sexual questions, which he called "fun drives”


Despite all of the above the man is a very charismatic speaker so I would not dismiss him. While his politics might be “nuts” he is anything but, very calculating.


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18 Jul 2021, 9:56 am

When he won election to his House seat, he tweeted “cry, libs” to his opponent


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18 Jul 2021, 9:59 am

shlaifu wrote:
he also says, 'we must stand up against this', which, given he's in a wheelchair, made me laugh.
now I feel guilty.

Damn Christians.

Once I saw a one legged man hop out on the deck and threaten to kick someone’s ass.


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18 Jul 2021, 1:46 pm

That poor man! He had over $3 million in medical debt! If only there were a system where that wouldn't have happened to him....

More stochastic terrorism from the right. What else is new. But hey, as long as you just say things like "fight" and "stand up", you're vague enough to maintain plausible deniability when your supporters storm capitol buildings or perform mass shootings.


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20 Jul 2021, 7:32 pm

ASPartOfMe wrote:
I did watch the whole thing. He talked about being a healthy 18 year old in the passenger seat of a car that crashed into a concrete wall. Becoming profoundly disabled, not being able to speak. His long rehab. He came to a point in his life where he was thinking about ending it. His parents were bugging him to figure it out. He was making a pro and con list when having God on his side tipped the scales to keep on living. He said opposing people such as Nancy Pelosi is not hard it is the easy part. He says he is an alternative to the “socialists” members of his generation see.

One of the few things I like about UK politics is that they don't do God. They still con people, but in ways that are slightly less of an insult to the intelligence. Somebody in the US actually touted the idea that Trump was the Messiah. Nobody in the UK has dared say that about Boris.