McCarthy Silent As Another of His Members Calls For 'Bloodshed'
From the Speaker's Press Office
Fewer than eight months after insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol to beat police officers and threaten the lives of Capitol workers, journalists, Members of Congress and Congressional staffers, Republican Representative Madison Cawthorn (NC-11) is calling for another January 6th-style attack.
And like he has several times this year, Minority Leader McCarthy is refusing to take action against a member of his conference who is calling for violence.
McCarthy backed Representative Taylor Greene after she threatened to execute Members of Congress. He sat on his hands as his members and allies threatened the lives of police officers who responded to January's insurrection. McCarthy himself even joked about hitting Speaker Pelosi with a gavel.
Now McCarthy is refusing to confront one of his members for calling for 'bloodshed' on behalf of the insurrectionists many House Republicans consider to be 'political prisoners.’
Key Points from USA Today's story on the latest House Republican to call for violence.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., on Sunday warned there could be "bloodshed" after repeating false election fraud claims.
He also called the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 "political hostages" at a GOP event in Franklin, N.C.
Cawthorn, a freshman, boosted false claims that the election was "stolen" and "rigged" at the Macon County Republican Party event.
“The things that we are wanting to fight for, it doesn’t matter if our votes don’t count,” Cawthorn said, according to a video that was posted to Twitter from the event.
"If our election systems continue to be rigged and continued to be stolen then it's going to lead to one place and that's bloodshed," he continued. "And I will tell you, as much as I am willing to defend our liberty at all costs, there's nothing I would dread doing more than having to pick up arms against a fellow American."
Cawthorn didn't stop there with eyebrow-raising comments.
During a back-and-forth session with attendees, one person asked, "What are you doing to support the 535 Americans that were held ... captured ... in from Jan. 6?"
Cawthorn said there were "criminal activities" going on as his office questioned federal agencies about the rioters. He also said the agencies were giving his office "the biggest run around."
“The main problem is we don’t actually know who all the main political prisoners are,” he said.
"And so if we were to actually be able to go and try and bust them out, and let me tell you, the reason why they're taking these political prisoners is because they're trying to make an example, because they don't want to see the mass protests going on in Washington."
Police officers who defended the Capitol during the insurrection testified before Congress last month. They told harrowing accounts of nearly dying while being swarmed by the violent mob.