U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, N.C.-11th District, is finding himself on the receiving end of brutal criticism after his recent comments about Russia.
Carolina Journal recently reported that Cawthorn is facing tough questions on attendance, driving, and Russia, which invaded Ukraine about three weeks ago.
Now there’s more.
According to The Associated Press, Cawthorn “offered a dismissive response to Volodymyr Zelensky’s joint address to Congress after arriving as the Ukrainian president was about to finish.
The late entrance came days after Cawthorn caused outrage when a video emerged of him calling Mr. Zelensky “a thug” and saying the Ukrainian government “is incredibly corrupt and is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies”.
Despite having only seen a fraction of the address, the freshman legislator dismissed Mr. Zelensky’s requests.
“Emotion should never guide our foreign policy,” he said, according to journalist Jonathan Weisman. “The United States must be extraordinarily careful to implement a logical, rational foreign policy that tactfully strengthens the Ukrainian people while simultaneously putting America first.”
After the video became public with his “thug” remarks about Zelensky, Cawthorn said, “I am praying for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people,” but also said, “Honestly, both governments in both Russia and Ukraine are incredibly corrupt and very vile.”
Now Cawthorn is being accused of aiding the Russian propaganda efforts.
According to NBC News Foreign Correspondent Raf Sanchez, Russian state TV also jumped on comments by Cawthorn, playing a video of his comment calling Zelensky “a thug” over and over on Russian TV.
Several Republicans condemned Cawthorn’s attack, including U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., who called it part of the “deranged propaganda” emanating from Russia.
Tillis re-tweeted the NBC News report and wrote:
“If your comments are being replayed over and over by Russian state propaganda outlets…”
Russian state TV also jumped on comments by Republican congressman Madison Cawthorn, who called Zelenskyy “a thug”. That got played over and over. pic.twitter.com/VdC2AG48NQ
— Raf Sanchez (@rafsanchez) March 17, 2022
One of Cawthorn’s primary opponents, Rod Honeycutt, said, “The remarks of an inexperienced congressman do not surprise me. Remember, Putin is the war criminal and thug.”
State Senator Chuck Edwards wrote:
“Now is the time to unite as a nation, pray for the safety of all Ukrainians and rally around their leaders — not criticize them.”
Cawthorn raised eyebrows by declaring Democrat U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi an alcoholic. Pelosi doesn’t drink alcohol.