Republican House candidate Madison Cawthorn won his race for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, which will make him the youngest member of Congress in modern history.
It also means a Hitler enthusiast and accused sexual predator will be joining the ranks of the GOP.
In August, Cawthorn removed photos he had posted to Instagram in 2017 from a trip to the Eagle’s Nest, Adolf Hitler’s vacation home in Germany, Fast Forward reported. The young Republican had referred to the visit as a “bucket list” moment.
Madison Cawthorn’s pictures were removed Monday, the same day that a report in Jezebel made the case that he is “following the playbook of other, more successful far-right Republicans in recent years, attempting to rebrand his extreme views … as squarely in the mainstream of the Republican Party.”
In addition to calling Hitler “Führer,” a term of reverence, Cawthorn also named his real estate company SPQR, a term popular among white nationalists, and displays in his home an early American flag that the Anti-Defamation League says has been appropriated by far-right extremists, according to the Jezebel report.
Further, Cawthorn “dismissed as “divisive” and “racist” the Asheville City Council’s recent decision to develop policies of reparations for African Americans,” The Citizen Times reported in September.
“Six-hundred thousand Americans gave their lives to free slaves and you’re going to tell me that’s not enough?” he said in an interview with Blue Ridge Public Radio reporter Cory Vaillancourt, a reply that overlooks both the century-long impact of Jim Crow laws and the fact that 260,000 of the soldiers who died in the Civil War were Confederates fighting to maintain slavery.
Late last month, Cawthorn’s former classmates claimed the candidate was a sexual predator during the one semester he attended Patrick Henry College, a Christian school.
In an open letter written by 10 Patrick Henry College graduates and signed by another 166 alumni, Cawthorn is described as untrustworthy, a liar, and sexually predatory.
The letter’s authors wrote:
- “During his brief time at the college, Cawthorn established a reputation for predatory behavior. His modus operandi was to invite unsuspecting women on ‘joy rides’ in his white Dodge Challenger.”
- “Cawthorn would take young women to secluded areas, lock the doors, and proceed to make unwanted sexual advances. It became a regular warning in the female dorms not to be caught alone with Madison Cawthorn.”
- “Additionally, he referred to female students as “b——” and “sl–s”, both in private amongst his friends and often publicly. He also called our female peers these derogatory names when they refused to go for a ride in his car.”
Regardless, Cawthorn now heads to Washington, D.C., to represent North Carolinians.