Congressman Madison Cawthorn, representing North Carolina's 11th Congresisonal District, has built his entire career on lies.
The first lie, and the most obvious, is the "big lie" perpetrated by Donald Trump and the GOP, whom baselessly claimed that the 2020 US General Election was "stolen" from them. Cawthorn was among the seditionists in Congress who spoke at the rally before the storming of the United States Capitol and who vowed to vote against certifying the election results in the House Of Representatives.
This next, and altogether more duplicitous lie built from his status as paraplegic due to a car accident that paralyzed him in 2014, is being called out by other members of the disabled community.
"Madison Cawthorn has misled the public about training for the Paralympics, just as he misrepresented his education… https://t.co/NFpIBQy9GY— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1611351000.0
Cawthorn reportedly posted on social media he was training for the 2020 Paralympics, but disabled athletes were already onto his nonsense.
"We would share whatever posts he put up and be like, 'Look at what batsh*t thing he said about the Paralympics this week."
"But according to multiple people involved with United States Paralympics and interviewed by The Nation, Cawthorn’s… https://t.co/dSA07wBK7d— Don Winslow (@Don Winslow)1611389726.0
Modern day GOP..... Dan Crenshaw facing allegations he smeared a sexual assault survivor. Tom Cotton lied about b… https://t.co/lJ6SH45RnM— Hunt for Better Days (@Hunt for Better Days)1611414081.0
I have been waiting for this @slooterman joint on Madison Cawthorn’s tall tales about being in the Paralympics. In… https://t.co/m8jlfBTjze— Eric Michael Garcia (@Eric Michael Garcia)1611322094.0
Sounds like Madison Cawthorn lied about many things, including being a businessman, competing for the Paralympics,… https://t.co/iP4Recsq9w— Julia Ioffe (@Julia Ioffe)1611362899.0
Athletes have disputed Rep. Madison Cawthorn's claims he was training for the Paralympics, calling them a 'joke' an… https://t.co/gJbGMj5CGs— John FitzGerald (@John FitzGerald)1611522199.0
Cawthorn's campaign said that he intended to compete in the 400-meter dash at the 2020 Paralympic games (now postponed until summer 2021.). However, despite his constant posting about it on social media, other Paralympians were not fooled.
"It's like a kid saying they want to play in the NBA when they're on their fourth-grade basketball team," said Amanda McGrory, who has earned seven medals in track and field.
She said Cawthorn not only was not planning to compete, but he never even qualified.
"You have to be involved in a team, usually your college or a local club. And then from there, you establish times at qualifying races, and then from there you get scouted."
Madison Cawthorn’s Paralympics teammates & Naval Academy buddies would absolutely roast him if they existed https://t.co/HYrirnwvY5— connectpoliticditto. (@connectpoliticditto.)1611451989.0
Wow. Whether its about his allegedly thriving real estate biz, his claim of getting accepted to the Naval Academy,… https://t.co/ADDd0AxwaY— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@Qasim Rashid, Esq.)1611326710.0
Ok this piece on how all the real Paralympians mock @CawthornforNC’s weird lying about “training for the Paralympi… https://t.co/wdvK8cZgcc— Erin accountability, then unity Ryan (@Erin accountability, then unity Ryan)1611333509.0
Madison Cawthorn lied about being accepted to the Naval Academy and about training to be a Paralympian. At this poi… https://t.co/GJkoz74DJ8— Sean has a new album! (@Sean has a new album!)1611459975.0
Madison Cawthorn did not serve in the military- he did not train for the Paralympics- he did INCITE violence on January 6th.— Baligubadle (@Baligubadle)1611354259.0
Another Paralympian who competes in wheelchair races, named Robert Kozarek, also could not place Cawthorn at any qualifying races.
"The community itself is small. There's probably 50 [elite wheelchair racers] in the entire country, and we see each other four, five, six times a year, at least."
@atrupar @DysfunctFelines https://t.co/vvAfdWZnw5— Bobhasdogsagain (@Bobhasdogsagain)1611347765.0
@atrupar https://t.co/LAfxXbjSqv— ronke a (@ronke a)1611331697.0
@atrupar https://t.co/agLEpqlSnE— ChKRS⁷ - (Cherry Koo Remembrance Society) (@ChKRS⁷ - (Cherry Koo Remembrance Society))1611326291.0
@atrupar https://t.co/AlWyV1IR6u— Sun Swallow (@Sun Swallow)1611326421.0
@atrupar https://t.co/BZT2vLzHuP— Michael Herrick (@Michael Herrick)1611345189.0
Despite being a member of the disabled community, Cawthorn's disregard for just how difficult qualifying for the Paralympic Games is has rubbed several athletes the wrong way.
In addition, the media's refusal to acknowledge how absurd his claims were have put a spotlight on how discounted the disabled community is.
"There is such a lack of awareness about the Paralympic Movement," said Brian Siemann, a Paralympian who is still training for 2021.
"[People] don't understand the time and effort and energy that Paralympic athletes put in their training. It's an elite sport. You can't just get in a racing chair. That's really not how it works."
Cawthorn's lies are many and layered.
In addition to the two previously listed, Cawthorn also lied about being accepted into the Naval Academy before his accident in 2014, as well as the success of his business, which reported no income in 2019 and only Cawthorn as an employee.
It appears North Carolina's 11th District is being represented by a proven liar.