Madison Cawthorn addresses his ‘cry more, lib’ victory tweet
16th November 2020

Incoming 25-year-old congressman Madison Cawthorn has admitted that a snarky tweet he sent after winning his North Carolina seat went too far — and also opened up about his personal attempts to convert Jews and Muslims as part of his devout Christian faith.

The young Republican defeated his Democratic opponent in the Nov. 3 election to represent the Western North Carolina district vacated by Mark Meadows, who left Congress to serve as President Trump’s chief of staff.

In a wide-ranging interview with Jewish Insider published Monday, the freshman rep addressed the controversial tweet he sent after his win that said “cry more, lib.”

Cawthorn told the outlet that he went too far “in the heat of victory,” but he sent the tweet because he is fiercely competitive.

He said it wasn’t directed at his Democratic opponent, but at “cancel culture.”

“I will say that it was directed at a sect of the liberal party that has really bought into cancel culture,” Cawthorn said. “There’s just been so much, you know, blatant lies about me, specifically when it comes to questions of Nazism and racism.”

Cawthorn drew criticism during his campaign when an Instagram photo surfaced that showed him on a trip to Hitler’s vacation house known as the “Eagle’s Nest.” In a photo caption on the post, Cawthorn called the Nazi leader “the Fuhrer” and said visiting the site was on his bucket list.

In the interview with Jewish Insider, Cawthorn also spoke candidly about his Christian faith, saying he’s read religious texts from Judaism and Islam to better understand how he could evangelize as a Christian.

“The thing I found when I was actually reading through the Quran is that Christianity — that is a very easy switch to make to lead a Muslim to Christ,” Cawthorn told the news outlet.

“They believe Jesus is a real person. They believe he was a prophet, though,” he said of Muslims.

“And so when you’re trying to lead an atheist to Christ, or, say, kind of a traditional Jewish person, you kind of have to make people really — you have to sell Jesus a lot, because, one, they don’t really believe that, you know — some very devout Jews just think he’s kind of a good guy,” he added.

“The Muslims, they already believe that he was somewhat divine, and so all you have to do is just be like, he wasn’t just a good man, he was a god, and now if you can submit to that then you believe in Christ,” he said.

He claimed he’s personally converted a number of Muslims to Christianity, including someone in Atlanta he met while in rehab after a car crash that left him partially paralyzed.

But he has not been so successful converting Jews to Christianity.

“I have, unsuccessfully. I have switched a lot of, uh, you know, I guess, culturally Jewish people. But being a practicing Jew, like, people who are religious about it, they are very difficult. I’ve had a hard time connecting with them in that way,” he said.

Cawthorn is attending freshman orientation in Washington D.C. prior to being sworn in to the next Congress.

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