- Rep. Madison Cawthorn made a jab at his own party in a speech at a Trump rally in North Carolina.
- During his speech, he accused his party’s leadership of “weakening” and “cheapening our platform.”
- He said the GOP should pursue “disenfranchised men and women.”
North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn took a swipe at the GOP’s leadership during a speech at a Trump rally in his home state on Saturday.
Cawthorn accused Republican leaders of chasing votes from the wrong part of the GOP voter base.
“We have so many in the national party of our country that believe the key to saving our nation is weakening, cheapening our platform, and going after these non-existent middle-ground voters,” Cawthorn said.
“My friends, there is no middle ground with Marxists,” Cawthorn continued.
“The key to saving our nation is not going after these voters that don’t exist but it’s going after the disenfranchised men and women in our country,” he said. “The people who don’t even bother to vote because it’s been proven time and time again that the government will never work on their behalf.”
Cawthorn went on to say that the party should be focusing on the “people that actually make our economy run” and the issues they care about.”
“These are the pipefitters, the linemen, the construction workers, the welders,” he said. “We care about dining room politics, what actually affects your family as you gather together around the kitchen table.”
He went on to ask that the GOP voter base put “America First patriots” back in power in Washington, and Trump at the helm in the White House.
Cawthorn has, in recent months, faced several public rebukes from the Republican leadership about controversial comments he made on Ukraine and claims he made about cocaine use and orgies in DC.
He later doubled down on his comments, saying that the Ukrainian government is “well known for corruption.” This was despite being criticized by Republican senators like Sen. Lindsey Graham, who called him an outlier in the GOP “in the largest sense possible.”
In March, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to Cawthorn as one of the “lonely voices” in the Republican party where his views on Ukraine were concerned.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy later rebuked Cawthorn for claiming that members of Washington’s elite invited him to orgies and did cocaine in front of him.
For these claims, McCarthy said that Cawthorn had “lost his trust.” Meanwhile, other GOP figures like Thom Tillis, a senator from Cawthorn’s home state, promptly backed one of Cawthorn’s primary challengers, Chuck Edwards, while accusing the congressman of embarrassing the GOP.