Rising GOP star Madison Cawthorn, who has stirred controversy during his campaign, was elected on Tuesday to represent a North Carolina U.S. House district.
Cawthorn, 25, will be one of the youngest people to ever serve in Congress after his win in the 11th District. He will be filling a vacant seat previously held by Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, who left to serve as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff. Cawthorn defeated Democrat and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Moe Davis.
Cawthorn first drew attention after defeating Trump’s preferred candidate in an upset in the June GOP primary runoff. Left partially paralyzed from a car accident, he delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention in August during which he stood up from his wheelchair with the help of a walker.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker condemned Cawthorn in late October after it was revealed his campaign created a website that hosted a racist accusation, claiming Booker was working to “ruin white males.”
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“It just really personally saddens me that somebody who is so clearly racist is a nominee of a major party, and I think it’s a disrespect of the entire community,” Booker told the Huffington Post. “It’s really unfortunate.”
A website targetted Cawthorne's opponent Moe Davis, claiming one of his staffers “work for non-white males, like Cory Booker, who aims to ruin white males running for office,” according to an archived page of the site.
Cawthorn had previously stirred controversy with an Instagram post from 2017, in which he posted a photo from his visit to Adolf Hitler's vacation home, calling him "the Fuhrer" in the caption.