Representative Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.) announced Thursday that he has joined the House Freedom Group, joining the group of aggressive Republicans less than a year into his congressional tenure.
Cawthorn, in a statement announcing the move, said he joins the group of ultra-conservative lawmakers in “defending the will of the American people.”
“Liberty and liberty must be defended in the House of the People by patriots who are not afraid to challenge the status quo and defend what is right. I ran to change the way Congress does business. That means honoring the promises made to the American people, not selling yourself to the swamp, “Cawthorn said.
“Although I have only been in Washington for a short period of time, I have learned that fighters must stand together and defend America. I am proud to join the Freedom Caucus and will work tirelessly to defend the will of the American people who sent us to Washington to fight for them, “he added.
The news was first reported by Politico.
The freshman legislator was elected in November to fill the post vacated by the former representative. Mark MeadowsMark Meadows At least five members of the Trump administration staff have spoken to the Jan. 6 committee: CNN Democrats say Republican lawmakers implicated Jan. 6 should be expelled Report: Rally organizers say Republican lawmakers worked on the January 6 protests MORE (RN.C.), a founding member and former president of the Freedom Caucus who left Congress to travel Pennsylvania Avenue and work in the White House as chief of staff by then-President TrumpDonald Trump Night Defense and National Security – Presented by Boeing – Milley Warns of ‘Sputnik Moment’ for China WSJ Releases Letter from Trump Continuing to Allege Election Fraud in PA Oath Keeper, Who Was on Capitol Hill Jan.6, Runs for the New Jersey State Assembly MORE.
Meadows and Trump, however, had endorsed local Republican realtor and activist Lynda Bennett to fill the position.
Cawthorn became the youngest member of Congress when he took office in January at age 25.
He became a controversial figure in the election campaign after photos were discovered from his Instagram page published in 2017, showing him visiting a German country house used by Adolf Hitler and a Nazi official who became known as the “Eagle’s Next. “. Cawthorn said visiting the facility was “on my wish list for a while.”
He said he wanted to visit the site in the context of it being the place where American soldiers celebrated the Allied victory after WWII.
The controversy surrounding Cawthorn has deepened since he arrived in Washington. The first-year representative called the Jan. 6 rioters “political hostages” in August, has taken a firm stance against vaccine mandates, and previously said he wants to “prosecute” top infectious disease specialist Antony Fauci.
He also voted to revoke the electoral college vote for the 2020 presidential election in January.
The House Freedom Caucus was founded in 2015 and has since grown into a coalition on Capitol Hill made up of passionate conservatives. Rep. Jim jordanJames (Jim) Daniel Jordan Anti-Trump Republicans target McCarthy, Scalise and other high-profile conservatives Congress may be right to cite Bannon in contempt, but justice would be wrong if it prosecuted Cheney reveals Republican Banks claimed that he was the highest ranking member of the January 6 panel MORE (R-Ohio) and Meadows helped establish the group and served as its first two presidents.
Rep. Ralph normanRalph Warren NormanGreene fined for third time for refusing to wear mask on floor of Pennsylvania Republican House becomes latest case of COVID-19 breakthrough in Congress Ohio Republican Congressman tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (RS.C.), member of the caucus, said Political that Cawthorn has “proved himself.”