During his four-minute speech at the Republican National Convention the other night, GOP rising star/Hitler enthusiast Madison Cawthorn spoke about adversity (he was left paralyzed and wheelchair-bound after a car accident at the age of 18) and being part of a new wave of young lawmakers remaking the nation.
“If you don’t think young people can change the world, then you don’t know American history,” he said.
“George Washington was 21 when he received his first military commission. Abe Lincoln was 22 when he first ran for office. James Madison was 25 when he signed the Declaration of Independence,” he continued.
“The American idea my ancestors fought for during the Revolutionary War is as exciting and revolutionary today as it was 250 years ago,” he said.
Rousing stuff to the Republicans watching, no doubt. The problem? Madison never signed the Declaration of Independence…
Twitter was quick to point out his mistake.
25-year-old GOP Congressional candidate Madison Cawthorn hailed the accomplishments of young statesmen on Day 3 of #RNC2020, including his "personal favorite" James Madison, saying he signed the Declaration of Independence.— ABC News (@ABC) August 27, 2020
Madison was not a signatory. https://t.co/4obigmU9XA pic.twitter.com/6PUEPS3xFi
In his speech, Cawthorn said that at 25, Madison signed the Declaration of Independence.— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 27, 2020
Except, he did not.
Madison Cawthorn just falsely claimed James Madison signed the Declaration of Independence as part of his speech at the RNC— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) August 27, 2020
Madison, however, was nonplussed by the fact-check and did what Republicans do so well. He doubled down and claimed he lied on purpose… to give the fact checkers “something to do.”
After speaking all of that truth… I was afraid the fact checkers were going to get bored. I wanted to give them something to do.— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) August 27, 2020
I think he’ll fit right in with the Republicans…
(via Queerty; Photo: MediaPunch)