Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn is confident that his party is more united than ever, despite some rumors of intra-party squabbles.
Cawthorn, who was elected in 2020 and is coming up on one month in Congress, told the Washington Examiner that his party will continue to be united “against this radical state of liberalism” despite recent controversies with Republican Congresswomen Liz Cheney and Marjorie Taylor Greene.
“Our party has never been more united,” Cawthorn said after his party voted to keep Cheney in leadership and a majority of members voted against a resolution to strip Greene of her committee assignments. Less than a dozen Republicans broke with their party in the vote.
“I made a statement that I think surprised a lot of my fellow colleagues. I said, ‘What just happened in that room tells me that the Republican Party has never been more united.’ Because we had the back of Liz Cheney, and we had the back of Marjorie Greene,” Cawthorn said. “And that is because, no matter the faults of either of those women, we are here to fight against something that is so evil, and both of them are fighters, and we are here to go against this radical state of liberalism that has taken root in our country.”
Republicans are only down single-digit seats in the chamber and have their eyes set on the 2022 midterm elections, which historically benefit the party that lost the most recent presidential contest. Should Republicans pick up seven House seats and oen senate seat, they can flip both chambers’ majorities.
Later on in the interview, Cawthorn was asked about Greene and controversial comments she allegedly made about various conspiracy theories.
“If whatever is being reported about Marjorie Greene is true, you know, obviously I condemn whatever those statements are,” he added via the Washington Examiner. “They’re frankly bizarre. But, you know what, I am here to fight something much more evil. I am here to fight radical socialism that’s trying to take root in our country.”
“There are people like Congresswoman [Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who have said very dangerous things,” the 25-year-old congressman continued. “There’s a lot of double standard going on here in Washington. I think that once somebody does something after they’ve been elected, that puts it in a different category.”
He was “very moved,” however, when Greene spoke on the House floor — where she denounced, clarified, and apologized for previous remarks she made — by the “honesty that she spoke with.”
“What she said, I absolutely denounce. Implying that she wanted the killing of Speaker Pelosi, I think, is despicable, but she really has apologized for that. She’s condemned that herself. I condemn it myself. Our entire party does,” Cawthorn added per the report. “But what’s important here is, I was not elected to come and pass judgment on my fellow Republican colleagues. I was sent here by western North Carolina to pass policy.”
Cawthorn said his focus in Congress, for now, is serving his constituency.
“The problem is, being in the minority, I see little use in devoting the overwhelming majority of my staff to the legislative side, whereas I think it is much more beneficial to be serving the constituents in my district and helping them with their casework,” he said. “I have more staff in the district than most people would have in D.C.”