Tomorrow, controversial GOP congressional nominee Madison Cawthorn is set to speak at the Republican National Convention weeks after Cawthorn came under fire for a not-so-subtle pattern of signaling his sympathy for white supremacy:
- Perhaps most egregiously, in a once-deleted, now-reposted Instagram post, Cawthorn celebrated crossing off a visit to the “Fuhrer’s” vacation home from his bucket list. Per Cawthorn, he spent the day laughing and sharing “such a good time,” at this glaring symbol of Hitler’s genocide:
- Up until reports were published, Cawthorn followed only 88 people on Twitter– a shorthand for “Heil Hitler” in white supremacist circles, as the letter “H” is the 8th letter in the alphabet.
- Cawthorn’s “real estate company” is calledSPQR Holdings. SPQR, a motto of the ancient Roman Republic, has been adopted by white supremacist groups and was displayed on flags at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.
- In a prominently featured pictureof Cawthorn, a holster has the image of a Spartan soldier’s helmet, which is a symbol associated with right wing extremists, including the far-right Oath Keepers group – which the Anti-Defamation League calls “one of the largest anti-government extremist groups currently operating in the United States” and whose members have been arrested on explosives charges.
As a reminder: in the wake of these reports, Business Insider published new DCCC polling that showed Democrat Moe Davis closing in on Cawthorn, trailing by only 5 points (41-46).
“First Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest and now the Republican National Convention – congratulations to Madison Cawthorn for crossing yet another item off his bucket list.” – DCCC Spokesperson Sarah Guggenheimer