In the North Carolina district once occupied by Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, citizens have now voted in Congress's new youngest member: Madison Cawthorn.
Cawthorn was given a primetime speaking slot at the Republican National Convention, where he spoke about the challenge of overcoming a car crash that left him unable to walk.
The young candidate's ties to the alt-right and shockingly racist online activities have become a notable controversy online, however.
Upon winning his house seat in North Carolina, Cawthorn used the moment not to offer an olive branch to the constituents who may not have voted for him, but instead to mock liberals everywhere.
Cry more, lib.— Madison Cawthorn (@Madison Cawthorn)1604456664.0
An interesting celebratory tweet from the new, youngest member of Congress here https://t.co/p0qtdWZ4qK— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein)1604457076.0
Twitter was not especially surprised by Cawthorn's less-than-dignified victory message.
The future of the Republican Party: https://t.co/lQMLoG4ERd— Elaina Plott (@Elaina Plott)1604457109.0
Cawthorn has come under fire online for posting, removing, and then reposting a photo of himself at Adolph Hitler's Eagle Nest vacation home. In his caption, he wrote the trip was on his "bucket list."
For context: https://t.co/ZZggwq6BGX— Ahmed Baba (@Ahmed Baba)1604457963.0
Trumpism's only principle https://t.co/hTZrapBGod— Anthony L. Fisher (@Anthony L. Fisher)1604457915.0
Critics of Cawthorn also note that he's registered an LLC named for a Latin acronym popular among white nationalists.
He also frequently appears in front of an outdated version of the American flag which is, once again, a calling card of many white nationalist groups.
Imagine winning an election and this is what you say. https://t.co/JELMuGrngQ— Jill Filipovic (@Jill Filipovic)1604457472.0
It really is clarifying, though. There's no plan to make Americans' lives better. There are no ideals, no sense of… https://t.co/ZlaGGFDDNt— Jill Filipovic (@Jill Filipovic)1604457659.0
Cawthorn was recently forced to remove a section from his website which said Democratic opponent Moe Davis left a previous job "to work for non-white males, like Cory Booker, who aims to ruin white males running for office."
The newly-elected Congressman later said the blatantly racist passage was the result of a "syntax error," though it's hard to imagine any grammatical mixup leading to such a racially charged accusation.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker responded to Cawthorn's candidacy, saying he was "saddened" that "somebody who is so clearly racist is a nominee of a major party."
The new generation of Republicans are straight out of Gamergate https://t.co/Xnl2JBGllv— Jessica Valenti (@Jessica Valenti)1604458177.0
the white vote shows up for racist candidate who had Hitler's vacation spot on his bucket list https://t.co/XWI32paVB6— Nathalie Baptiste (@Nathalie Baptiste)1604458458.0
what a disgusting, telling thing to say after winning an election https://t.co/WAxDYdrHLD— Priyanka Aribindi (@Priyanka Aribindi)1604457599.0
Twitter was devastated that a man with Cawthorn's history of racist behavior could still win a public office.
I love living in the same country as tens of millions of people who voted for this message during—I must again stre… https://t.co/XsC2QYcAio— David Klion (@David Klion)1604457512.0
This POS, Nazi-loving racist just won his seat in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. Way to go, NC. https://t.co/HeefmtPw9W— Polly Sigh (@Polly Sigh)1604457699.0
Good tone-setting message from Republicans' newest House member https://t.co/frJlvpAwhs— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona)1604457168.0
Cawthorn has clearly taken a page out of President Trump's book—in his mind, only his supporters deserve respect.
Classy. The future of the Republican Party is looking very bleak. https://t.co/iVwAAJgAY7— Steve Piccininni 🏴☠️ (@Steve Piccininni 🏴☠️)1604457866.0
He's gonna fit right in https://t.co/toL4qT3uhb— Lachlan Markay (@Lachlan Markay)1604457152.0
Ah. Another public servant Republican who cares about his constituents. https://t.co/J3jObCZ3Wk— Randi Mayem Singer (@Randi Mayem Singer)1604457297.0
Cawthorn will be sworn into Congress this upcoming January, at which point he will become the House's youngest member.
Sadly, it seems he'll only be bringing outdated ideas to the Capital.