Republican congressional candidate Madison Cawthorn said that his home was recently vandalized and that it came as “no surprise.”
The 25-year-old Republican nominee for North Carolina’s 11th District said that the vandals struck in the early hours of Friday morning.
“I was waking up to go take engagement photos with my fiance, which I was very excited about, and then I wake up to these vandals, these little punks on my driveway, you know, they were gluing some of my signs to the driveway, they were spray-painting pretty not-so-subtle threats onto them, and then they were cutting the head and neck out of out my signs all over the district,” Cawthorn told Fox News.
“But also they went after our billboards that were supporting our agriculture, our farmers, the people who kept us afloat throughout COVID-19,” he added in reference to a vandalized billboard that was placed by the local branch of the Republican Party.
Photos from Cawthorn’s home showed vandalized signs laid out near his property that bore phrases like “wannabe corporate shill” and “liar” and “you have no soul.”
Cawthorn told the Washington Examiner over the phone that he reported the vandalism to the sheriff’s office, which came to his house to investigate in the hours after the discovery.
He said that the vandalism was likely done by a group of perpetrators and not just one person and said he spotted one near his home the night of the vandalism.
“At the very end, we saw one running down the hill,” Cawthorn said.
Cawthorn said earlier on Fox News that the incident came as “no surprise” and made reference to a tweet from 2019 by his Democratic opponent in the race, former Air Force Col. Moe Davis.
“Screw they go low, we go high bullsh*t. When @NCGOP extremists go low, we stomp their scrawny pasty necks with our heels and once you hear the sound of a crisp snap you grind your heel hard and twist it slowly side to side for good measure. He needs to know who whupped his ass,” the tweet read.
Davis said in a statement that he has “no reason to believe” that the alleged vandalism has anything to do with his campaign or his supporters.
“Mr. Cawthorn has incessantly hyped a tweet of mine from over a year ago to stoke anger within his supporters and create a false narrative of lawlessness in Western North Carolina,” Davis said. “His ads aren’t directed at my supporters.”
“They’re directed at inciting his. Apply some common sense: Vandalizing signs does nothing to aid my campaign. But it does allow Mr. Cawthorn to play the victim and lash out at me for attacking him without a shred of evidence that I had anything at all to do with what was reported. Indeed, he should await an investigation by law enforcement before making accusations,” he continued.
Cawthorn, who would be the youngest sitting member of Congress if elected in November, shot to national prominence after defeating Lynda Bennett in the Republican primary. Bennett had been endorsed by President Trump and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Meadows had previously served in Congress in the solidly red district that Cawthorn is hoping to win.
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