Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-North Carolina, is coming under fire after he was seen cleaning a gun during an online Veterans Affairs meeting.
Apparently, this action was enough to send his political opponents over the edge. Comedian Christopher Titus tweeted: “I am now ‘wanting to punch a guy in a wheelchair’ years old.”
I am now “wanting to punch a guy in a wheelchair. “ years old.
Madison Cawthorn Cleans Gun During Veterans Affairs Hearing https://t.co/zVSvdVNECs
— Titus (@TitusNation) January 21, 2022
Transgender writer Charlotte Clymer accused Cawthorn of being “a grown man who has spent a lifetime under the impression that his efforts are inherently extraordinary.”
I grew up in gun culture, and the thought of cleaning a weapon in front of anyone, let alone strangers, is unthinkable. It’s enormously disrespectful. Madison Cawthorn is a grown man who has spent a lifetime under the impression that his efforts are inherently extraordinary. Sad.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 20, 2022
A first responder who was also present for the hearing reportedly took offense to Cawthorn’s activity, claiming he was acting like a child.
Even CNN called out the congressman for the activity, but critics would argue that they have very little room to criticize what goes on during Zoom meetings:
— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) January 21, 2022
When contacted for comment regarding the dust-up, the representative’s spokesman Luke Ball said “What could possibly be more patriotic than guns and veterans?”
Still, it wasn’t enough to soothe the raging masses of liberals who took to Twitter to express their displeasure with Cawthorn:
Is he an active soldier, a cop, or Alec Baldwin? Then why the hell would he bring a gun into a work environment? Anyone else in the country would get fired on the spot if they did this even on a zoom meeting.
— will.brandt (@WBrandt21) January 22, 2022
Just put the next hearing upstairs 👍🏼
— Tristan (@Hoosier_Sooner) January 22, 2022
Looking forward to him being thrown in prison for his role in Jan 6th. The ultimate owning the libs act.
— BlueWave2022 (@BWave2022) January 22, 2022
Considering that Cawthorn is paralyzed below the waist very Freudian cleaning your piece for everyone to watch.
— Stephen Klebs (@StephenKlebs) January 22, 2022
Madison Cawthorn is not that bright of a man
— Divine Comedy (@throeawe) January 22, 2022
Has he a mental handicap as well as a physical one?xxxxxxxx
— pat gethings (@gethin48) January 22, 2022
This college flunkie wasn’t cleaning his gun. He was just trying to learn how to use WD-40 to fix his mode of transportation..
— Sandy KoVaxx (@KovaxxSandy) January 22, 2022
So cawthorn couldn’t find a better time to clean his gun? He definitely wasn’t trying to intimate.
— Steven Anderson (@StevenA19016642) January 22, 2022
But that’s not to say that Cawthorn didn’t have his fair share of support as well:
Absolutely no problem with this. Good job kid
— Jamie Hedgepath (@tgrdivr) January 22, 2022
Worse things have been done on a zoom meeting.
— Gothic_Explorer_ (@gothic274) January 21, 2022
— Charles W. Adams (@chazblindgolfer) January 21, 2022
Was someone in fear of their life on a zoom call?
— Itsmrnobody2u (@Its_mr_nobody2u) January 22, 2022
— BenYouTwit (@BenYouTwit1) January 22, 2022
— Tom Galella (@GalellaTommy) January 22, 2022
One must always keep your powder dry and your firearm clean and at the ready !
— bigfoot (@bigfoot61239961) January 22, 2022
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