Madison Cawthorn, a 25-year-old in a possibly historic offer for Congress, talked during the third night of the Republican National Convention in a speech that has drawn consideration for an American history incorrectness.
The real estate investor won a Republican primary runoff for a western North Carolina congressional seat in June, upsetting President Donald Trump’s supported candidate. Whenever elected, he would be the most youthful individual from Congress.
“If you don’t think young people can change the world, then you just don’t know American history,” Cawthorn said Wednesday night, going on to note accomplishments of presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and his “personal favorite,” James Madison, while in their early 20s.
In his speech, Cawthorn said that at 25, Madison signed the Declaration of Independence. But, he didn’t. The announcement incited the Lincoln Project to immediately put any misinformation to rest, tweeting, “James Madison never signed the Declaration of Independence.”
Cawthorn has not yet publicly tended to the flub. A press release with his comments sent by his campaign after his speech took the line out, supplanting it with, “Thomas Jefferson was 33 when he wrote the Declaration of Independence.”
Cawthorn immediately picked up consideration in the GOP for his unexpected success in June, which Trump had called “beautiful” and “impressive” while at the same time noticing that the youthful candidate’s campaign had the option to conquer numerous obstacles.
In 2014, Cawthorn endure a close deadly fender bender that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
“This is a time of great adversity for our country. And I know something about adversity,” Cawthorn said Wednesday night during his speech, addressing his accident. “I was given a 1% chance of surviving. Thanks to the power of prayer, a loving community, and skilled doctors, I made it.”
Cawthorn said he chose to have any kind of effect and run for office to “fight for the future.” He encouraged dissidents to “have a conversation,” and for traditionalists to “define what we support and win the argument in areas like health care and the environment.”
“In this new town square, you don’t have to apologize for your beliefs or cower to a mob,” he said, alluding to the “cancel culture” that several other RNC speakers have railed against. “You can kneel before God but stand for our flag.”
“I say to Americans who love our country — young and old — be a radical for freedom. Be a radical for liberty. Be a radical for our republic. For which I stand,” said Cawthorn, at which point he dramatically got up from his wheelchair with assistance and stood for the remainder of his speech.
In November, Cawthorn will confront Air Force veteran Morris “Moe” Davis, the main investigator at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the race for North Carolina’s eleventh congressional region.
Not long ago, he confronted analysis after a photograph of him visiting Eagle’s Nest, Adolf Hitler’s vacation house in Germany, was unsurfaced via social media. He reacted on Twitter, saying it was “another fake news controversy.”