North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn was caught cleaning her gun Thursday during a virtual congressional hearing on veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals in the line of duty.
Observers spotted the Republican congressman playing with a gun during testimony by Jen Burch, a six-year Air Force veteran who later developed respiratory problems after being exposed to a “pit toxic military combustion in Afghanistan.
“He was immature. He’s a child. He lacks common sense. I think the congressman was overcompensating for something he lacked and felt inadequate among the heroes of that call,” said John Feal, a first 9/11 speaker who was at the virtual meeting. The daily beast.
“Imagine showing up to a Zoom meeting and a coworker decides that’s when they need to clean their gun,” Lindsay Church, co-founder of Minority Veterans of America, wrote on Twitter. next to a screenshot of Mr. Cawthorn with his gun. “Because that’s what happened today at a congressional roundtable on toxic exposure. We’re better than that.
Asked about his handling of a gun during the hearing, a spokesperson for the representative said: “What could be more patriotic than guns and veterans?”
Civilians are prohibited from owning firearms on Capitol Hill, but lawmakers are permitted to keep firearms in their offices.
The upheaval of some at the hearing is not the only time Mr Cawthorn has been entangled in a military-related scandal. While campaigning for national office, he told voters he lost the ability to walk in a car accident, which prevented him from attending the US Naval Academy and serving in the army. In fact, as journalist Tom Fielder reported, the service academy had already rejected him before the accident happened.
The hearing, conducted over Zoom before the House Veterans Affairs Committee, focused on “burning pits,” a method of burning waste at military sites that soldiers say left them long-term health problems, including heart, lung and digestive problems.
The hearing featured testimony from a number of veterans, as well as comedians and former Daily show host Jon Stewart.
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