When the Capitol Riot happened, Representative Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) wasn’t in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. Cawthorn doesn’t appear to have any part in the riot nor the provocation of the riot. Regardless of election integrity or voter fraud allegations, Cawthorn didn’t insist that anyone storm the Capitol any more than former President Donald Trump did. The allegation is outlandish and unsuitable due to the lack of evidence that Cawthorn had anything to do with the events.
Still, the North Carolina Board of Elections says that they have the power to ban Cawthorn from running for office because of his “involvement” in the Capitol Riot. The proof? None.
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment is clear that someone can be banned from running for office and specifies if they “have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or give aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
Cawthorn did nothing that created an insurrection or rebellion against the government while holding office. Otherwise, wouldn’t there be charges filed?
The Federal Bureau of Investigations has said that there’s little to no evidence that a pre-planned insurrection had occurred after almost a year of investigations. If Cawthorn planned an insurrection, there would have been an evidence trail left behind.
Cawthorn has filed a lawsuit to block the disqualification and stop the courts from hearing the case. If Cawthorn has to go through the lengthy process of defending himself when there’s no wrongdoing, it could last well into the fall of 2022 if it’s pushed out far enough.
On January 6, 2021, Cawthorn spoke when Trump held his rally in DC, but nothing he said urged anyone to enter the Capitol building. Protesters did that on their own. The one man who continued to encourage people to join the Capitol building is one of the individuals who hasn’t been charged at all, and he started urging people on January 5, 2021, in DC.
So, they’re saying that someone who neither entered the Capitol building nor urged others to is going through a court hearing to determine if he’s eligible for office, but a man who encouraged people to enter the Capitol building for at least a total of 18 hours isn’t charged with a crime? Does that make sense?
There’s a minimal chance that the court will find Cawthorn unable to run for office. What does the Left think they will accomplish with the lack of evidence? What they’re doing is setting case law to determine future cases when Cawthorn inevitably wins the case.