‘I don’t know what Dark MAGA is’: Ronna McDaniel downplays cryptic remark from Madison Cawthorn


When asked about a recent statement from ousted Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) concerning what he claims is “the rise of the new right,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Sunday that she was stumped by his cryptic remarks.

“I don’t know what Dark MAGA is,” McDaniel said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”

As previously reported by American Wire, following his loss last week in the GOP primary to state Senator Chuck Edwards, the scandal-plagued Cawthorn took to Instagram to declare the time is now for “Dark MAGA” to rise.


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“When the establishment turned their guns on me, when the Uni-party coalesced to defeat an America First member very few people had my back,” Cawthorn posted. “This list includes the lion share of figures that came to my defense when it was not politically profitable.”

“These are honorable men and women who are the type of friends anyone yearns to have,” he continued. “‘At the beginning of a change the patriot is a rare and hated man.’ These are those rare and hated men/women.”

Cawthorn provided a list of “America First Patriots” that included such names as Fox News host Tucker Carlson, former President Donald Trump, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), and the NRA.

“There are other National figures who I believe are patriots, but I am on a mission now to expose those who say and promise one thing yet legislate and work towards another, self-profiteering, globalist goal,” said Cawthorn. “The time for genteel politics as usual has come to an end.”

“It’s time for the rise of the new right, it’s time for Dark MAGA to truly take command,” Cawthorn proclaimed. “We have an enemy to defeat, but we will never be able to defeat them until we defeat the cowardly and weak members of our own party.”

In an ominous, Batman “Dark Knight” sort of way, Cawthorn warned: “Their days are numbered.”

“It sounds like a Star Wars thing, like the dark side of the force,” McDaniel told Fox.

Regardless of which Sci-Fi reference you want to go with, the over-the-top comments promptly opened Cawthorn up to some serious mocking on Twitter.

“What next… Double Secret MAGA…” asked one user.

“He might be pretty,” noted another, “but he isn’t very bright.”

“This guy is a child,” said a third, adding, “just look at what he does.”

On Fox, McDaniel was kinder, calling the race between Cawthorn and Edwards “well-fought.”

“Madison had some issues that came out, he was a rising star in our party,” she said, “but Madison did the right thing in conceding.”


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