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Pro-Trump Republican Representative Madison Cawthorn on Sunday repeated false claims about election security and voter fraud, and warned of “bloodshed.”

At the event at Macon County Republican Party headquarters in Franklin, Cawthorn said the US election had been “rigged” and “stolen”, and raised the possibility that Americans should “take up arms.” There is no evidence of massive voter fraud in the 2020 election.

“As much as I am prepared to defend our freedom at any cost, there is nothing I dread doing more than having to take up arms against a fellow American,” he said. “The way we can have a remedy against this is if we all passionately demand that we have election security in all 50 states. “

Intelligence agencies said in a report titled Domestic Violent Extremism Poses Increased Threat in 2021, released in March, that “accounts of fraud” around the 2020 election and “the emboldening impact of the violent violation of the Capitol American “will” almost certainly “stimulate acts of domestic terrorism.

While the North Carolina representative appears to support strong political opposition, a spokesperson came to the congressman’s defense, explaining that he condemned the violence, did not approve of it. “Congressman Cawthorn is a clear advocate for violence not to happen on issues of electoral integrity,” Luke Ball told CNN.

“He fears that others are wrongly choosing this path and firmly states that electoral integrity issues must be resolved peacefully and never by violence,” Ball said.

Earlier today, Cawthorn was holding a shotgun that was drawn during the Republican event.

Representative Cawthorn has repeatedly repeated false allegations, including during the January 6 rally in front of Donald Trump and the insurgency on the United States Capitol. Although he was contradictory in his opinions. In January, he told CNN that there had been no voter fraud.

“Yes, I think I would say the election was not fraudulent,” he said.

At the GOP event on Sunday, Cawthorn also called for President Biden and Vice President Harris to be removed from their positions. “We will eliminate them, one at a time,” he said. Mr. Ball later explained that Cawthorn was referring to the 25th Amendment process.

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