The purpose here is not to defend Madison Cawthorn.
Madison Cawthorn is indefensible
With Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert and Paul Gosar, he’s a member in good standing of the Congressional National Embarrassment Caucus.
The Republican from North Carolina is 26 but acts a decade younger. This tendency got him in trouble with Republican leaders when he claimed he was invited to orgies by fellow partisans in Congress. He also threw in that they did cocaine.
Later he admitted to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy this was a lie. Said untrustworthiness caused McCarthy and other key GOP leaders to denounce him.
As stated, I’m not here to defend Cawthorn. But why penalize him for lying?
We are talking of a party that has built itself around a lie, the biggest lie in American history — religiously, devoutly, without shame.
This is a party built to the specifications of the disgraced, twice-impeached ex-president who continues to promote the Big Lie with each sunrise.
Not only does he promote the Big Lie in word, he did so in deed Jan. 6 as the Capitol was terrorized over his calculated falsehoods.
I invite anyone who takes these matters lightly to read “Betrayal” by Jonathan Karl, who covered the Trump White House for ABC News. By the way, “Betrayal” isn’t Karl’s term alone. It also comes from William Barr, Trump’s man at Justice once upon a time, who said that Trump’s comportment Jan. 6 was “a betrayal of his office and supporters.”
You want to punish someone for lying? After Mike Pence told Trump a vice president had no power to reject electors, Trump issued a statement saying Pence said the opposite, that he agreed the VP had that power.
What is beyond “beyond the pale”? That is what Donald Trump did to stay in power.
No American has committed a worse offense against this nation than to (1) convince millions the election was stolen, and (2) actively seek to subvert the people’s will.
Back to young Congressman Cawthorn, who, heart and soul, completely bought into the Big Lie and spoke at the Jan. 6 rally. Isn’t that a sufficient merit badge to lie about something else and stay in Republican good graces?
Cawthorn even went out and claimed that the Jan. 6 riot was instigated by Antifa. Hey, GOP. This guy has worked to gain your trust.
Then there’s the oddly unfortunate case of Mo Brooks. The Alabama congressman was one stand-up dude at the Jan. 6 rally, calling on MAGA faithful to “start taking down names and kicking ass.”
That ought to be enough to earn him a free lifetime pass in any GOP primary.
However, recently Brooks, seeking to become Alabama’s U.S. senator, made the horrifying error of implying at a rally that Republicans should put the 2020 election behind them (!!!) and focus on elections to come.
Enraged, Trump pulled his endorsement.
Come on, man. Mo Brooks was a wholly committed Big Liar. He not only put on his camo cap and did his darnedest to incite violence. He assigned some of his own staff to help organize the rally.
So, set us straight, GOP: Who among your ranks gets shunned for lying these days? Who gets a free pass – other than the greatest liar ever to flush documents down a White House toilet?
I’d like to ask rank-and-file Republicans to name one falsehood Liz Cheney has uttered since she decided that she could not remain silent in the face of Trump’s corruption and the events of Jan. 6.
Cheney is dead to the Wyoming Republican Party for one reason alone: She won't lie.
So we return to the dilemma of Madison Cawthorn and the question he needs to ask of his party leaders: Since when are y’all interested in truth?
Longtime newspaperman John Young lives in Colorado. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.