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Congressman Madison Cawthorn faces criticism after speaking at rally Wednesday

Newly-elected North Carolina congressman Madison Cawthorn (R – NC 11) spoke to a crowd on Jan. 6 before a group protesters stormed the capitol in what is now being called by some politicians "an act of domestic terrorism."

On Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) issued the below statement:

'There's a right way and wrong way to conduct yourself as a legislator, and I'm incredibly concerned about Congressman Cawthorn's conduct. Like many people, I share serious concerns about Americans' confidence in our election system's integrity. I intend to work with my colleagues in Raleigh this year to pass legislation to address the concerns I hear from North Carolinians. Congressman Cawthorn's inflammatory approach of encouraging people to 'lightly threaten' legislators not only fails to solve the core problem of a lack of confidence in the integrity of our elections system. It exacerbates the divisions in our country and has the potential to needlessly place well-meaning citizens, law enforcement officers, and elected officials in harm's way. As a legislator, I don't need to be threatened to do the job the voters hired me to do.'

The phrase 'lightly threaten' refers to Congressman Cawthorn's remarks in December, urging Americans to call their Federal Representatives and urge them to 'support election integrity.'

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