WASHINGTON – Representative Madison Cawthorn, RN.C., promoted false allegations of voter fraud on Sunday and warned there could be “bloodshed” in future elections Republicans are considering as rigged.
“The things we want to fight for, it doesn’t matter if our votes don’t count,” he told Macon County Republican Party headquarters in Franklin, North Carolina. “.
A video of Cawthorn’s remarks was first posted by the county party on Facebook, but has since been withdrawn. A short clip of his comments still appear on Twitter and has been verified by NBC News. Lawmakers are currently back in their districts for the annual August congressional recess.
The 26-year-old freshman lawmaker, the youngest member of Congress, repeated false claims by former President Donald Trump that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
Cawthorn then hinted that he would use a gun if necessary to defend against voter fraud in the future.
“I will tell you, while 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,” said Cawthorn, who has added that they should “passionately demand that we have election security in all 50 states.” “
Cawthorn spokesman Luke Ball did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment. Ball told the Washington Post that the Republican congressman “neither supports nor advocates any form of violence.”
“In his comments, Congressman Cawthorn is CLEARLY advocating that violence does not occur on issues of electoral integrity,” Ball said. “He fears that others are wrongly choosing this path and firmly states that electoral integrity issues must be resolved peacefully and never by violence.” “
Trump was impeached for his role in the riot on Capitol Hill on January 6 after he said at a rally in Washington: “We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you don’t fight like hell. ‘will not have a country anymore. “
His supporters then proceeded to Capitol Hill, where they sparked a violent riot and breached security in an attempt to halt the electoral count that solidified Joe Biden’s election as president.