Recently released dashcam footage from a North Carolina patrol car shows the moment Rep. Madison Cawthorne is stopped for speeding — his second of three quotes in the past five months.
Ultimately, the 26-year-old was cited for driving 87 mph in a 70 mph zone during the Jan. 8 layover. The footage also shows the officer letting Cawthorn off the hook for not having his license.
A new student representative has been issued a ticket at least three times for speeding in recent months — including additional stops on October 18, 2021 and March 3, 2022, according to Fox 46.
In all three accidents, he was driving a white 2009 Dodge Challenger registered with his father.
It’s only the latest incident that has drawn public scrutiny for the embattled North Carolina representative, who has drawn bipartisan condemnation in recent months for a series of surprising statements.
Last month, Cawthorne declared Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug” during a founding meeting just days before he was to address a joint session of Congress, prompting a backlash from within his party.
“Madison is wrong. If there is any serial killer in this world, it is Putin,” Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said when asked about the comments, saying he had spoken to Cawthorne about the incident.
Cawthorne has also made headlines recently because he suggested fellow congressmen had invited him to an “orgy” and used cocaine in front of him – denouncing the “sexual perversion” of Washington insiders.
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Recently released dashcam footage from a North Carolina patrol car shows the moment Rep. Madison Cawthorne is stopped for speeding – his second of three quotes in the past five months
The 26-year-old was eventually cited for driving 87 mph in a 70 mph zone during the Jan. 8 layover
In a snapshot of Cawthorne Traffic Station on January 8, he can be seen driving a white Dodge Challenger just before 6:30 p.m. on US-74 in Polk County, North Carolina.
After a brief chase by the officer, Cawthorne pulled the car onto the grass shoulder of the two-lane road.
“The only reason I stopped you was your speed,” said the officer, after approaching the driver’s side window. “Do you have your driver’s license with you?”
‘No, sir,’ answered Cawthorne, ‘I don’t have my wallet with me.’
Driving without a license is a third-degree misdemeanor in North Carolina, with a maximum penalty of 20 days in prison.
The officer also asks Cawthorne if he is the registered owner of the car, despite the road noise drowning out his answer. The officer later returns to say the car is indeed registered to the congressman’s father – to which he replies, “Is that really?”
The interaction continues with the officer telling Cawthorn to slow down and always trying to get his license on hand.
He also advises Cawthorne for his next trial date of January 4 and asks, “Do you have any questions about the citation?”
“No, sir, is this something I can go in and pay?” He answers.
The officer concludes by telling Cawthorne that he must attend the court date in person.
Last month, Cawthorne declared Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug” during a founding meeting just days before he was to address a joint session of Congress, prompting a backlash from within his own party.
Cawthorne – who was partially paralyzed and relied on a wheelchair after a 2014 car accident in which he was a passenger in a friend’s car – He also raised eyebrows last month when he went on a long talk about rampant “homosexuality” and drug use in the nation’s capital. It’s even like a Netflix series house of paper To try it out in Washington, D.C.
He was asked last month during an interview on the Warrior Poet Society podcast how his experience on Capitol Hill aligns with the show, specifically the elements of “corruption, power, money, and perversion.”
Cawthorne said he once heard a former president say that the one thing that was unrealistic about the show was that Congress would ever be able to pass legislation quickly, and he agreed with that view.
“Sexual perversion that happens in Washington… Being a young man in Washington where the average age is probably 60 or 70, I look at all these people – a lot of them I’ve looked at my whole life.… Then all of a sudden you are invited to admire ‘Okay, ‘Well, we’ll have some kind of sex together at one of our houses.’ You should come, like, ‘What did you ask me to come in?’ Then you realize they’re asking you to come to an orgy.
Cawthorne, 26, was asked during an interview with the Warrior Poet Society how his Capitol Hill experience aligns with House of Cards, specifically its elements of “corruption, power, money, and perversion.”
Cawthorne said he once heard a former president say the only thing that was unrealistic about Netflix’s show was that Congress would be able to pass legislation quickly, and he agreed with that view.
A few days later, Cawthorne held a meeting where Republican Party leader Kevin McCarthy reprimanded him for his wild remarks. McCarthy said Cawthorne told him he had “exaggerated” his comments about witnessing cocaine use within elite Republican circles, and that he “may have seen an employee of a garage 100 yards away” taking drugs.
“I just told him he lost my trust, he’s going to have to get it back, and I put whatever I find inappropriate,” McCarthy told Axios and other outlets at the time.
Earlier this year, Cawthorne also suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is an alcoholic.
“I’m going to tell you I have to work with her every day, so please pray for me,” Cawthorne said of the California Democrat at a campaign event. “The theories of alcoholism are very true and it’s very sad,” he said, according to a video posted by Patriot Tex.
His streak received a chuckle during the event.
Pelosi, 81, does not drink and has not drunk in years.
Her daughter Kristen attacked past slanders about her mother’s alleged alcohol addiction in 2019, tweeting: ‘Republicans and their conservative allies have been pumping this despicable fake meme for years! Now they have been arrested.
“#FactCheck: Madam Speaker don’t even drink alcohol!”
Earlier this year, Cawthorne also suggested in a campaign (above) that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is an alcoholic — despite the fact that she doesn’t drink.
Then in March, a video surfaced showing Cawthorne calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug.” He said his government was “incredibly corrupt and evil” and “driven by awakened ideologies”.
He appeared to have been discussing US military aid for Ukraine before criticizing leaders in Kyiv – who had refused to flee the country despite reports that many were on Russia’s “kill list” including Zelensky and his family.
But the new congressman doesn’t seem close to any apologies, recently saying he “would not bow to the mob” amid a barrage of criticism from within his own party for the explosive streak of statements.
“The Radical Left, the Establishment, and the media want to bring me down. Their attacks have been relentless. I won’t stop fighting. I won’t bow to the mob. They want to silence the America First movement,” the 26-year-old Republican from North Carolina wrote on Twitter, along with Along with a new campaign video.