As Democrats continued to pursue vengeance against President Trump and his supporters, their sights have turned to freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC).
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been under pressure from leaders of the North Carolina Democrat party for several days to remove Cawthorn from the House due to allegations of “seditious behavior” linked to last week’s Capitol riots.
Democrats claim that Cawthorn helped to incite “insurrection” at the Capitol building during last week’s electoral vote certification process via his Twitter account in the days leading up to the event.
State Democrats from Cawthorn’s 11th District wrote a letter to Pelosi urging her to initiate an investigation that could precipitate removal of Cawthorn from the lower chamber.
“Mr. Cawthorn needs to be held accountable for his seditious behavior and for consequences resulting from said behavior,” the letter reads. “We will not tolerate misinformation, conspiracy theories, and lies from our Representatives.”
“In a speech to the crowd at the rally immediately before the Capitol was attacked, Representative Cawthorn incited the crowd again using violent language and calling his colleagues ‘cowards’,” NC Dems, including 11th District Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sinclair, wrote.
Cawthorn has publically condemned those that turned a peaceful protest into a chaotic melee at the Capitol, declaring that “the actions of a violent few were cowardly and pathetic.”
Cawthorn initially came under fire for a December speech in support of President Trump’s election challenge in which he told supporters to “lightly threaten” members of Congress that refuse to uphold election integrity.
“Call your congressman and feel free, you can lightly threaten them and say, you know what, if you don’t start supporting election integrity, I’m coming after you, Madison Cawthorn is coming after you, everybody’s coming after you,” the 25-year-old said at the time.
NC Democrats requested that if Pelosi cannot garner enough votes — a two-thirds majority — to initiate Cawthorn’s expulsion from the chamber, that she should at the very least censure the young Republican.