Insurrectionist Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) put his ignorance on full display again this week by speaking on behalf of the Founding Fathers, only to get burned in response.

Republicans are always trying to co-opt the Founding Fathers as if every single one of them would be on their side today if they were still alive. In the same vein, Cawthorn took to Twitter on New Year’s Day to opine how they would feel about America in the present day.

Of course, the Founding Fathers from the South, including Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, would likely be horrified that slavery has been abolished and that black people live and work freely in the country with white people. The founders would also likely find America an alien place because of our highway system, skyscrapers, and other modern technological advances. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps one of the only Founding Fathers who might feel at home here in the present day is Alexander Hamilton who foresaw banking, industry, and a strong central government as the keys to the American future and supported an end to slavery.

What all of them would likely be particularly horrified about is that a president and his party tried to overthrow democracy on January 6th, an insurrection that Cawthorn played a part in. And let’s not forget that the Founders feared that corporations and moneyed interests would grow more powerful than the government, a growth that Republicans directly support and aid.

In response to Cawthorn, Twitter users took him to the woodshed.

Republicans like Madison Cawthorn are too ignorant to be in Congress or to serve in any public office whatsoever.

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