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MAGA Rep. Madison Cawthorn Says Trump Created “Dangerous Setting” at Jan. 6 Capitol Riots

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Disgraced outgoing Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) has blamed former President Donald Trump (R) for creating a “dangerous setting” outside of the U.S. Capitol during the January 6, 2021 riots.

In his recent interview on the Carlos Watson Show, the show’s host asked Cawthorn if there was anything he would have done differently when he spoke at Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington D.C. the morning before the riots began.

“Well, you know, one, I mean, you know, President Donald Trump said, ‘I want you to peaceably and patriotically protest,’ — that’s good on his part. But if I could go back, I probably and I had an opportunity to speak with the President, which I did not, I would have asked that he did not send or tell the crowd to go down to the Capitol,” Cawthorn said, adding,  “You know, I think that that just put everything in a dangerous setting.”

Later on in the interview, Cawthorn said that if he could go back and change his own speech at the rally, he would have urged Trump’s followers to be more peaceful.

However, at the rally he repeatedly told Trump’s followers, without proof, that the election had been stolen. Trump himself said that his followers should “fight” for their democracy or else they wouldn’t have one anymore. He also repeatedly blamed his own Vice President Mike Pence for not overturning the election, something that Pence had no legal or political precedent to do.

Trump’s followers later called for Pence to be hung for treason.

Five people died during the January 6 riot, and Trump’s supporters injured roughly 140 police officers. The police injuries included a broken spine, a lost eye, lost fingers, brain damage and multiple cases of PTSD. Four Capitol Police officers have died by suicide since the riots.

The rioters ransacked the Capitol, shattered windows while trying to access congressional chambers, smeared feces in the hallway and stole computer equipment, potentially constituting a national security breach.

Cawthorn was voted out of office on May 17, 2022, when he lost his primary election. He has since said that “Dark MAGA” will rise, a presumably more violent and corrupt version of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” political platform which advocates against minorities and uses mob violence against its enemies.

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‘Begging America to Pay Attention’: Top Voting Rights Attorney Sounds Alarm on ‘Avalanche’ of GOP Voter Suppression Bills

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Elections lawyer Marc Elias is begging Americans to pay attention to the laws that state legislatures are passing that will make it more difficult for them to vote. He’s so desperate to get the U.S. people to help that he’s outright begging.

“It is just different this time,” he explained. “This is not to say that there are not other problems in the world. I recognize that there are other stories that have to be covered. But I am begging America, and the media to pay attention to this. Right now, we are facing an avalanche of voter suppression that we have not seen before. At least not since Jim Crow, in state after state.”

The two talked about Iowa’s new voter suppression law, which came after there were no reports of voter fraud in the state, and the officials didn’t have any problems carrying out the election.

It’s “not just Iowa, not just Georgia, it Montana, Missouri, Florida, Texas, the list goes on and on,” Elias explained. “Donald Trump told a big lie that has led to an assault on democracy in the Capitol on January 6th. The assaults we’re seeing going on now in state capitals with the legislatures may be less deadly and less violent, but they’re every bit as damaging to our democracy.”

See his plea in the video below:

 

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