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GOP Rep.-elect Madison Cawthorn says he ‘absolutely’ regrets mocking liberals in post-election tweet


“#It was targeted more at this kind of cancel culture and really the extremes on both ends,” he told CNN in an interview before #Christmas. #Asked if he wishes he could take the remark back, he replied: “#Oh, absolutely.”

The 25-year-old conservative #Republican will represent #North #Carolina’s 11th #Congressional #District. #Cawthorn has been a lightning rod for criticism since vaulting into the political spotlight in an upset GOP primary win earlier this year when he defeated the candidate that #President #Donald #Trump and #White #House chief of staff #Mark #Meadows had backed for #Meadows’ open seat. #Cawthorn has faced scrutiny throughout the year including for accusations of sexual misconduct, his post-Election tweet and his #Instagram caption about #Adolf #Hitler’s vacation home.

A political newcomer, #Cawthorn already is looking forward to making his mark in #Washington, DC, during his first few days in office.

‘#My backbone is reinforced with bi-titanium’

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The incoming congressman also appears to be unbothered by any potential policy differences he has with other lawmakers. #Cawthorn, who was partially paralyzed in a 2014 car accident and uses a wheelchair, cited his recovery from that event as a metaphor for his political resolve.

“I’m glad my backbone is reinforced with bi-titanium, because they’re going to try to bend me and break me a lot,” he said of fellow politicians — including from his own party — trying to influence him one way or another.

#Cawthorn is already making plans to speak out. #Though he told CNN that #Trump’s legal team has not presented any “massive evidence of voter fraud all across the country,” #Cawthorn said at a #Turning #Point USA #Student #Action #Summit two days later that he “will be contesting the election” when #Congress certifies the #Electoral #College votes on #January 6, aligning himself with several other #Republicans who plan to object to the formal ratification of the #November presidential election.

The move won’t change the outcome of the election, but it could further delay the inevitable affirmation of #President-elect #Joe #Biden’s victory over #Trump.

#And while #Cawthorn cast doubt on the record number of popular votes #Biden received, he told CNN that he looks forward to working with the #President-elect, saying he thinks “we can modernize our country together.”

#Past controversies loom

#But as #Cawthorn takes office, several past controversies have resurfaced and loomed over his journey to #Capitol #Hill.
#He came under scrutiny during the summer for photos on his #Instagram page that show him in 2017 visiting #Adolf #Hitler’s vacation house in #Germany known as the “#Eagle’s #Nest.” The post’s caption refers to #Hitler as “the führer” and says that a visit to the site — a popular tourist destination documenting the horrors of the #Nazi regime — had been on his “bucket list for awhile” and “did not disappoint.” #He also referred to #Hitler as a “supreme evil” in the #Instagram post caption.

#His #Democratic opponent seized on the post, and #Cawthorn later denounced #White supremacy as he came under fire for the post. #He told CNN he made a mistake by using the the term “the führer.”

“I was unaware that using a certain term describing an evil man — #Hitler — was offensive to people in the #Jewish community. #And if that did offend them, that is something I never meant to do,” he said.

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#Cawthorn told CNN his posts were mischaracterized and directly denied that he is a #White supremacist.

“I want people to know, I’m definitely not a #Nazi. I’m not a #White supremacist,” he said. #He added, “I hate #White supremacy, I hate racism.”

#At least two women have also alleged that he had forcibly kissed or touched them years ago, claims he has previously denied. #He told CNN he regretted actions he took and apologized to anybody he “made feel uncomfortable.”

“#Looking back, I wish I could have changed my actions. #If I made somebody feel uncomfortable in a situation, that is never my goal,” he told CNN.

“#You know, I want to live in a world where if I have a daughter, people are gonna ask permission before they’re gonna try and touch her or trying to kiss her right. #But also, I want to live in a world where no, my son, if he tries to kiss a girl, he’s not going to be labeled as some kind of sexual predator.”

The new youngest member of #Congress

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#Cawthorn says he’ll focus on issues affecting young people. #Among them are access to broadband, opioid addiction and even the environment, something #Republicans have traditionally been reluctant to address.

“I believe that as a #Republican you can love #God, love guns and hate greenhouse gases,” #Cawthorn said.

#While from opposite sides of the political spectrum, #Cawthorn’s forthcoming superlative as the youngest member of the new #Congress inevitably draws comparisons to #Democratic #Rep. #Alexandria #Ocasio-Cortez of #New #York, currently the youngest US representative.

#Cawthorn said he disagrees with #Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive policies but credited her, saying he was inspired by her to run for #Congress.

“#She did set an example that you can get involved as a young person in your twenties to make a difference in your country,” he said. “#That’s something that is inspiring and should inspire all #Americans across the board, regardless of political affiliation.”

#He also says he hopes more young #Republicans follow him to #Congress.

“I do feel immense pressure to represent #Gen Z #Republicans who are coming,” he said. “I do want reinforcements to come behind me. I don’t care how old you are, but I would love to be surrounded by more young #Republicans.”

CNN’s #Dianne #Gallagher, #Lauren #Dezenski and #Kate #Sullivan contributed to this report.





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#GOP ##Repelect ##Madison ##Cawthorn #absolutely #regrets #mocking #liberals #postelection #tweet

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