A rising GOP star claimed Wednesday during an interview that his home had been recently vandalized by local “punks,” who he caught red-handed in the act of spray-painting campaign signs.
The North Carolina GOP congressional candidate, Madison Cawthorn, revealed the incident Wednesday during an interview on “Fox & Friends.”
“This was back on Friday, Oct. 9. I was waking up to go take engagement photos with my fiance, which I was very excited about,” he said.
“And then I wake up to these vandals, these little punks on my driveway. They were gluing some of my signs to the driveway, they were spray painting pretty, not so subtle threats onto them, and then they were cutting the head and neck out of out my signs all over the district.”
Cawthorn, who is partially paralyzed from a car accident he sustained as a teenager, and who gave a rousing speech at the Republican National Convention, said on the show that he is not surprised to be the target of vandalism.
“This is not a country that I want to raise children in. One where a political difference means that you can condone violence. I want us to all come together as Americans and work toward a brighter future,” Cawthorn said.
“But the liberals seem to have gotten so far left, gotten so divisive, that there is no way that they can have a middle ground with us anymore.”
Moe Davis, Cawthorn’s opponent, quickly issued a statement condemning the act and insisting that it had nothing to do with his campaign.
“I have no reason to believe that the actions reported last week had anything to do with my campaign or my supporters. Mr. Cawthorn has incessantly hyped a tweet of mine from over a year ago to stoke anger within his supporters and create a false narrative of lawlessness in Western North Carolina. His ads aren’t directed at my supporters, they’re directed at inciting his,” the statement read.
“Apply some common sense: Vandalizing signs does nothing to aid my campaign. But it does allow Mr. Cawthorn to play the victim and lash out at me for attacking him without a shred of evidence that I had anything at all to do with what was reported,” the statement continues.
“Indeed, he should await an investigation by law enforcement before making accusations.”
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