A Republican congressional candidate made history on Tuesday, becoming the youngest elected member of Congress in history.
Madison Cawthorn, age 25, defeated his Democrat opponent Moe Davis on Tuesday night.
Cawthorn stole the national spotlight when he successfully defeated candidate Lynda Bennett in a runoff primary election in June and was subsequently invited to speak at the Republican National Convention.
He explained his worldview in a profile with the Washington Examiner:
“Acknowledging he is a dyed-in-the-wool conservative, Cawthorn said he believes too many conservatives have cared only about the politics that have always worked, while letting the culture slip away to the Left. “They said, ‘Oh, well, we don’t need to worry about culture. We don’t need to worry about what the sheep think.’” He pointed to younger politicians such as Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw and congressional candidate Anna Paulina Luna as examples of those who use social media effectively to convey to their generation that “the policies the Left wants to push are both morally and financially bankrupt.”
“I think a lot of people realize that there is a generational time bomb going off in the Republican Party,” Cawthorn said. “And if we don’t start defusing it right now, then 20, 30 years down the road, maybe even sooner, we’re going to lose every single election for the rest of time.” He believes the GOP needs to start reaching out to young people and passing the torch or else “it’s going to be very, very bad.”
On Wednesday, Cawthorn told “Fox & Friends” he looks forward to building a “bolder” GOP when he arrives in Washington.
“I believe it’s time for a new Republican Party to rise,” Cawthorn told co-host Ainsley Earhardt. “I don’t think we just need to have a bigger tent, I genuinely believe we need to have a bolder tent. I think that for too long the Republicans have acted with timidity on issues where we should be leading.”
Cawthorn, who nearly died in a tragic automobile accident that left him partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair, wants to lead on health care and heal the partisan divide during his time in office.
“I’d love to be the face or advocate for health care reform on the side of the Republicans,” he said. “I think we really need to deregulate that market significantly.”
Cawthorn said he was surrounded by family, friends, and volunteers Tuesday night when he found out he won.
“First thing we did was bow our heads, give all the glory to the Lord and then we just started celebrating,” he said. “What a whirlwind. What a ride. What an honor.”
In a lengthy statement to Fox News he said: “The days of AOC and the far left misleading the next generation of Americans are numbered. Tonight, the voters of Western North Carolina chose to stand for freedom and a new generation of leadership in Washington.”
Cawthorn’s fight against Davis in this election turned into a gruesome battle which included unearthed tweets posted by that were violent and vulgar against Trump supporters.
The Daily Wire reported:
“The Democratic candidate for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District is drawing scrutiny after profane tweets he made have resurfaced in the wake of his recent debate against his Republican opponent.
Moe Davis, a retired Air Force colonel who is running against 25-year-old Madison Cawthorn to represent western North Carolina in the House of Representatives, was asked to explain vulgar posts he made on social media in recent years after local radio host Pete Kaliner brought them up to him during the Sept. 4 debate.
“Colonel Davis, on social media you’ve suggested Mr. Cawthorn’s a white supremacist, a racist, a Nazi, a Nazi sympathizer, or all of those things,” Kaliner said. “You’ve called him a far-right hateful extremist, alt-right, a bigot, ignorant, a liar, a poster child for Donald Trump’s fascism, uneducated, unable to compete, pretty and pampered, lacking any moral core.”
Kaliner went on to list some of the epithets Davis has hurled toward the president, as well, in which he claimed Trump is “a 100% purebred worthless scumbag [expletive]” with a racist agenda and described first lady Melania Trump as his “foreign-born nude model 3rd wife.”
Kaliner also laid out the times Davis demonized Trump supporters, likening the Republican Party to the KKK, the MAGA hat to a Klan hood, and a rally held by evangelist Franklin Graham to a Klan rally.””