Freshman Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn claimed he was armed the day rioters swarmed into the Capitol, which would violate house rules.
Cawthorn told his local newspaper, The Smokey Mountain News, he was on the House floor when the mob entered the building last Wednesday.
He evacuated with the other lawmakers, staff and journalists, saying, “Fortunately, I was armed, so we could have protected ourselves.”
Firearms are not allowed on the floor of the house, except by guards.
Washington DC has strict laws against concealed weapons, but legislators are exempt as long as the weapons are stored in members’ offices and safely transported and unloaded.
Freshman Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn claimed he was armed the day rioters swarmed into the Capitol, which would violate house rules
Representative Madison Cawthorn, 25, was part of the House Republicans group who spoke to President Donald Trump’s supporters rally at the National Mall on the morning of the riot
Cawthron has posted photos on his personal Instagram account of him holding a rifle
Cawthorn, 25, was part of the group of House Republicans who spoke to President Donald Trump’s supporters rally at the National Mall on the morning of the riot. He also objected to Congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Earlier, he told the president’s supporters that it was okay to “ slightly threaten lawmakers. ”
At a Turning Point USA event in December, a gathering of young conservatives who support Trump, Cawthorn encouraged attendees to “ call your congressman and feel free – you can slightly threaten them. ”
Say, ‘If you don’t support election integrity, I’ll come after you. Madison Cawthorn is coming after you. Everyone’s coming after you, ”the North Carolina Republican said.
But Cawthron denounced the MAGA mob of insurgents who stormed Capitol Hill last week, killing five and leaving a trail of destruction.
“ I don’t want to exaggerate here, but it was the closest I’ve ever been to 9/11 thinking that an important monument to American success and prosperity is under attack by people who want to undermine it, ” he said The Smokey Mountain News.
‘In my head I wasn’t thinking, wow, Republicans are storming out there, Constitutionalists are out there, storming. I said, “There is a disgusting and pathetic group of people storming the Capitol,” he said. ‘I have no problem saying that, even though a lot of those people would probably have voted for me. No problem shouting that out because I just can’t support that. ‘
Cawthron, the youngest congressman, is in a wheelchair as a result of a car accident at the age of 18.
He thanked two fellow lawmakers – Congressmen Ted Budd and Richard Hudson – for their assistance when US Capitol police evacuated the House floor after rioters invaded the Capitol.
Rep. Cawthron is a supporter of President Trump who opposed Congress’s efforts to certify the 2020 presidential election
‘They really helped me. They helped me down a flight of stairs. They moved a lot of furniture that was used to barricade different doors so I could get through, ”he said.
He said, “But because I had to take a different route, we didn’t have a Capitol police escort, so we had to change the route we took several times to be on the safe side. Fortunately I was armed, so we could have protected ourselves. ‘
And he commented, ‘We kept crouching in another member’s office, but then I opened the blinds – and not to make reference to pop culture – I felt like I was watching Lord of the Rings when the orcs took over man’s last stronghold. . ‘
Cawthron is under fire for some of his previous comments. He called Adolf Hitler ‘the Führer’ in a now-deleted Instagram post in which he visited Hitler’s holiday home in Germany known as the ‘Eagle’s Nest’. He denied being a white supremacist.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, who bragged about her desire to carry her glock pistol into the Capitol, got into a stalemate with Capitol Hill police and refused to let them search in her bag after she went off the security alarm Tuesday night before entering . the house floor
Meanwhile, lawmakers were reminded on Tuesday that they are not allowed to bring firearms when they come to the House to vote.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, who bragged about her desire to carry her glock pistol into the Capitol, got into a stalemate with the police and refused to let them search her purse after sounding the alarm.
Boebert, who supports the QAnon theories and made a name for herself with her firearm on the campaign trail, walked her bag through the screening process, creating the magnetometer. She refused to hand over the bag to be searched.
Capitol Police eventually dropped the Colorado Republican into the room of the House and it appears her purse was not searched before they did.
“I am legally allowed to carry my firearm in Washington, DC and within the Capitol complex,” Boebert tweeted after the incident. “Metal detectors outside the House wouldn’t have stopped the violence we saw last week – it’s just another political stunt by Speaker Pelosi.”
Speaker Pelosi went through the metal detectors when she entered the house floor. She also dropped them off, but stopped for Capitol Police to wander her.
The new security procedures were announced Tuesday, following last week’s riot on Capitol Hill.
“ Effective immediately, all persons, including members, must undergo a security check upon entering the House Chamber, ” Acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett wrote in a memo to lawmakers obtained by DailyMail.com on Tuesday.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi went through the metal detectors as she entered the House floor
Speaker Pelosi stopped to send the Capitol police around her
Republican Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene turned off the detectors when she went through them Tuesday night and was forced to let the US Capitol Police wander
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene takes off her shoes as part of the screening process
Lawmakers were reminded that firearms are not allowed on the floor of the house, but face masks must be worn.
Security will remove those that do not comply.
“Failure to complete the screening or take prohibited items may result in denial of entry into the room,” Blodgett wrote. “Members who are not wearing a mask are not allowed on the floor and members who are not wearing a mask are taken off the floor.”
But many Republicans rebelled against the new security measures as long lines of lawmakers waited to go through the screening so they could vote, delaying them getting on the House floor.
Before Tuesday, lawmakers were allowed to skip the security lines that went in and out of the Capitol complex. They were able to walk through the warehouses simply by wearing the gold round lapel pin that identified them as members of Congress.
Three Republican lawmakers argued with Capitol Police over the issue.
“This is bullshit ****,” said Rep. Rodney Davis to House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer, calling the new system ‘horse ****’, adding that valuable resources were diverted and Republicans were not consulted on the matter. .
Rep. Markwayne Mullin said the police “can’t stop me” from passing them.
And Rep. Steve Womack yelled at officers as he went through the magnetometer, “You’re creating a problem that you don’t understand the consequences.”
He said it’s going to create chaos during votes with members flowing through it.
“Go back,” he told them. ‘Do not touch me.’
Other Republicans, about a dozen, just walked around the metal detectors and refused to pass through.
Republican Representative Louie Gohmert from Texas was one of them.
‘You can’t stop me; I’m on my way to a vote, ”he said, bypassing the police.
Congressman Steve Scalise, the second Republican in the House, said the situation is “unsustainable” because it “hinders members’ ability to vote.”
“This is our job,” he said.
Republican Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene turned off the detectors when she went through them Tuesday night and had to go through additional screening.
Greene, who supports QAnon’s conspiracy theories, had to take off her shoes and spent about two minutes at the magnetometer for a total of about two minutes to be wandered by an officer.
Greene, who has objected to wearing a face mask in the past, wore a Tuesday night. It said Molon labe, which means “come and take them,” and it is an ancient Greek expression that is a classic expression of resistance.