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Cawthorn wants to ‘bust out’ Jan. 6 insurrectionists?
Thursday, 16 September 2021 18:28

From Staff Reports 

FRANKLIN — U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-Hendersonville, called the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection defendants “political hostages” during remarks Aug. 29 before supporters, according to a report afterward in the Hendersonville Lightning newspaper.

However, a Cawthorn spokesman responded to the Daily Planet on deadline on Sept. 13 morning with a listing of four particular points on which the congressman feels his comments were misconstrued and/or taken out of context.

The Lightning, citing reports by Talking Points Memo and “other Washington outlets,” also reported the following:

• That Cawthorn mused about “busting them out” of jail.

• That Cawthorn hinted at “plans in motion” to call protesters back to Washington.

• That Cawthorn exxagerated the extent of violence during the 2020 George Floyd protests.

• That Cawthorn hinted at how President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris can be taken down “one at a time”

The Lightning also noted that the aforementioned media outlets posted a video of the remarks that someone had made.

“Cawthorn repeated the claims of former President Donald Trump and his supporters — that the 2020 election was stolen, said it was ‘wrong’ to believe Gov. Roy Cooper defeated Republican challenger Dan Forest, said last year’s protests had left cities destroyed and ‘dozens of cops dead,’ and endorsed using the 25th Amendment to remove Biden from office,” the Lightning reported.

(North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, reportedly beat Forest by around 250,000 votes).

In response to a request from the Daily Planet for Cawthorn’s reacton to stories on his Aug. 29 remarks, a spokesperson in the congressman’s office provided the newspaper with the following statement on Sep. 13:

“• On the “political hostages/bust them out” comments:

“Congressman Cawthorn wants due process for the prisoners and does not believe that is what they are currently receiving. He was not advocating for any form of illegal action, only that they receive full due process.”

 • On the “we have a few plans in motion” comments:

“Congressman Cawthorn was referring to actively working on getting answers about political prisoners following Jan. 6th. Nothing else. He is not actively working on any ‘protest’ or ‘plan’ to bring people to Washington. To assert otherwise would completely take his remarks out of context.”

 • On the “bloodshed” comments:

“In his comments, Congressman Cawthorn is CLEARLY advocating for violence not to occur over election integrity questions. He fears others would erroneously choose that route and strongly states that election integrity issues should be resolved peacefully and never through violence.”

 • On “election integrity” comments:

“Congressman Cawthorn’s views on the 2020 election have remained consistent. He raised objections to electors from several states in January because he had severe concerns about how the elections were changed last-minute to favor Democrats.”

Elsewhere, in the Aug. 30 story on the Cawthorn remarks that appeared on the website, the story concluded with the following:

As the event wrapped up, Cawthorne signed a shotgun that the Macon County GOP is raffling off, and was asked about the government ‘pushing’ the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“‘Defend your children,’ he told the inquiring mother, adding later: ‘It’s not worth it to put an experimental jab into your son’s arm.’

“Gripping the shotgun, he (Cawthorn) closed by discussing gun rights — and potential ‘bloodshed.’ 

“‘The Second Amendment was not written so that we can go hunting or we can shoot sporting clays,’ Cawthorn said. ‘The Second Amendment was written so that we can fight against tyranny.’

“‘If our election systems continue to be rigged, and continue to be stolen, then it’s going to lead to one place, and that’s bloodshed,’ he added. ‘And I will tell you, as much as I am willing to defend our liberty at all costs, there’s nothing that I would dread doing more than having to pick up arms against a fellow American. 

“‘And the way that we can have recourse against that is if we all passionately demand that we have election security in all 50 states.’” 



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