Less than eight months after the Capitol insurrection, Republicans are still inciting violence, which is what Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) did this week.
Hundreds of Trump supporters literally stormed the Capitol building on January 6th in an attempt to overthrow democracy and assassinate lawmakers. It was one of the darkest days in our country’s history.
Republican lawmakers should be condemning it and shying away from inciting future violence.
But Cawthorn embraced political violence during a GOP event over the weekend while continuing to push election lies.
Specifically, Cawthorn warned there will be “bloodshed” if future elections don’t go Republicans’ way.
“The things that we are wanting to fight for, it doesn’t matter if our votes don’t count,” Cawthorn said.
“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. And I will tell you, as much as I am willing to defend our liberty at all costs, there’s nothing I would dread doing more than having to pick up arms against a fellow American.”
This is the same kind of rhetoric that other Republicans used to incite the Capitol insurrection. It’s basically a call for civil war.
And Cawthorn did not stop there. He referred to the hundreds of insurrectionists who have been arrested as “political prisoners” and suggested they be busted out of jail.
“The main problem is we don’t actually know who all the main political prisoners are,” he said. “And so if we were to actually be able to go and try and bust them out, and let me tell you, the reason why they’re taking these political prisoners is because they’re trying to make an example, because they don’t want to see the mass protests going on in Washington.”
January 6th was not a mere “protest,” it was a violent insurrection attempt. Just ask the many police officers who were brutally assaulted that day by the armed mob. The insurrectionists are not heroes. They are traitors who belong behind bars.
Cawthorn should be held accountable for this rhetoric, and that means he should be expelled from the House. He and other Republicans like him are clearly itching for future insurrection attempts. He is a threat to our election process and the Constitution.
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