Madison Cawthorn, a rising Republican star, was elected the youngest member of Congress and celebrated with the tweet 'Cry more, lib'

  • Madison Cawthorn, 25, will become the youngest member of Congress after winning his House race in North Carolina on Tuesday.
  • The 25-year-old Republican is pro-Trump, pro-Life, and pro-Second Amendment and is a rising star in the GOP.
  • Since his primary win earlier this year, Cawthorn has attracted scrutiny over his ties to the far-right as well as alleged sexual misconduct.
  • Scroll down to find out more about Cawthorn's life.
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At the age of 25, Madison Cawthorn will become the youngest member of Congress after winning his House race in North Carolina on Tuesday.

As a millennial who is pro-Trump, pro-Life, and pro-Second Amendment, Cawthorn has presented himself as a fresh face who could bring a new generational perspective to the Republican Party.

Despite his young age, Cawthorn's biography is packed with tragedy and drama, including a horrific car accident six years ago left him partially paralyzed, and he now uses a wheelchair.

Since his surprise primary win earlier this year, Cawthorn has drawn some scrutiny over ties to the far-right as well as alleged sexual misconduct.

down to find out more about him.

At the age of 25, Madison Cawthorn will become the youngest member of Congress after winning his House race in North Carolina on Tuesday.

Cawthorn defeated Democrat Moe Davis, a 62-year-old retired Air Force colonel, in the state's 11th Congressional District.

Cawthorn just turned 25 — the minimum age to serve in the House — in August. 

He is not only the youngest Republican ever elected to Congress but also the youngest person of any party elected to win a seat in more than 50 years.

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The 25-year-old Republican is pro-Trump, pro-Life, and pro-Second Amendment and has been tagged as a rising star in the GOP, earning a primetime speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in August.

Cawthorn has positioned himself as a bridge between the GOP's leadership and millennial and Generation Z Republicans.

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Cawthorne was home-schooled in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He had planned to serve the Navy, receiving a nomination to the United States Naval Academy in 2014 by US Representative Mark Meadows.

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However, that year, Cawthorn was involved in a nearly fatal car accident returning from a spring break trip in Florida with his friends.

The good Dr. ChiChi and I right before he got the pleasure of slicing me up. The best surgeon of this generation without a doubt. Glad everything went well. Now comes the hard part… Bed rest for a few weeks. #CabinFever

A post shared byMadison Cawthorn (@madisoncawthorn) on Nov 12, 2014 at 3:02pm PST

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Cawthorn's friend fell asleep while driving their SUV and it crashed into a concrete barrier and burst into flames. The injuries left Cawthorn partially paralyzed, and he now uses a wheelchair.

Cawthorn accrued $3 million in medical debt during his recovery.

Source: Madison Cawthorn Campaign

During his campaign, Cawthorn repeatedly claimed that his dreams of attending the United States Naval Academy had been "derailed" by the accident.

Never let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do. Conquered yet another vehicle since being paralyzed. • • I love all this warm weather and fun (and @cristina_bae4) but I cannot wait to get back to Western North Carolina! Lots to do be done in our region in 2020. Let’s make it the best year yet! God bless.

A post shared byMadison Cawthorn (@madisoncawthorn) on Dec 31, 2019 at 3:59pm PST

 

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However, a local news report in August found that the Naval academy had actually rejected him before the life-changing crash.

Had the distinct honor of getting to spend some time in Gen. Daniel Allyn's office, second in command of the Army. Great team around him.

A post shared byMadison Cawthorn (@madisoncawthorn) on Oct 21, 2015 at 4:20pm PDT

 

"I never said I was appointed or accepted to the academy, I knew that I'd only been nominated at that point," Cawthorn said, in response to the report, according to ABC13 News.

"I fully expected to be accepted and to be appointed, but at that point, I hadn't received it. So I've been very careful never to mischaracterize who I am as a person," he added.

Source: ABC 13 News

Cawthorn became an investor and motivational speaker, quickly gaining a massive following on social media.

Absolutely love getting to work in a way that brings glory to Jesus. Getting to speak for a living keeps me up late at night and I am constantly having to be the master of my nerves, but oh does it give me the highest high. Blessed to live this life.

A post shared byMadison Cawthorn (@madisoncawthorn) on Jan 20, 2019 at 11:59am PST

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In June 2020, Cawthorn made national headlines when he defeated realtor Lynda Bennett by over 30 points in the Republican primary. Bennett had been endorsed by President Trump and Cawthorn's mentor, Mark Meadows.

WOW! Touching this desk, and imagining all that has been done around it since 1880 was so inspiring. So incredibly generous of our great president to allow me to bring my whole family to the White House. We were all tested for Covid-19 and waited until our test results came back (making this clear for the liberal reporters who are salivating because there are no masks in these photos) then got to go inside the west wing. The most memorable day of my life. Looking forward to serving this great nation as the youngest congressman in history. Also big thanks to @repkevinmccarthy for coming as well and making my family feel so welcome and honored. • • Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

A post shared byMadison Cawthorn (@madisoncawthorn) on Jul 23, 2020 at 1:52pm PDT

 

Earlier this year, Cawthorn was probed over old social media posts in which he referred to Hitler as "the Fuhrer" and said that visiting Hitler's vacation home in Germany had been on his "bucket list," and that it "did not disappoint."

Hunting combines my three favorite things: Feeding my favorite people, being with those I love, and shooting guns. Thankful that we had three very clean and immediately lethal shots on these beautiful ducks.

A post shared byMadison Cawthorn (@madisoncawthorn) on Nov 29, 2019 at 2:23pm PST

 

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In August, several women came forward accusing Cawthorn of sexual misconduct and sexual assault. One of these women claimed the 25-year-old pressured her into sitting on his lap before he tried to kiss her forcefully.

Source: Ashville Citizen Times

Several months later a group of alumni of the Patrick Henry College — where Cawthorn studied briefly in 2016 — released a public letter, accusing him of engaging in "sexually predatory behavior."

I have an absolute unit around me! Motivated, organized, and smart. They make running a campaign fun. Do you guys have any questions of what campaigning is like?

A post shared byMadison Cawthorn (@madisoncawthorn) on Jan 9, 2020 at 4:41pm PST

 

The letter was signed by more than 150 Patrick Henry alumni, according to Jezebel.

In response to the letter, Cawthorn's campaign posted a letter of support, with the 25-year-old saying that most of the signers did not know him personally.

Source: Jezebel

Last month, Cawthorn made the news again after he admitted that he created a website attacking a journalist for working "for nonwhite males, like Cory Booker, who aims to ruin white males running for office."

In an archived version of the website, which was first reported on by The Bulwark, Cawthorn went after journalist Tom Fiedler, who has been covering the campaign for a nonprofit website.

"Tom Fieldler [sic.] who works with Moe Davis' advocates, is working to tear down Madison Cawthorn," the archived version reads. "He quit his academia job in Boston to work for non-white males, like Cory Booker, who aims to ruin white males running for office."

"The syntax of our language was unclear and unfairly implied I was criticizing Cory Booker," Cawthorn said in a statement to The New York Times.

Source: Business Insider

Once sworn in on January 6, Cawthorn will be the youngest member of Congress — younger than 31-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who previously held that title.

Reacting to his historical victory, Madison Cawthorn tweeted: "Cry more, lib."

 

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