North Carolina Republican congressional candidate Madison Cawthorn, 25, urged viewers to reach for their U.S. history books in his speech Wednesday night while delivering a blatantly false history lesson about this “favorite” founding father, James Madison.
“If you don’t think young people can change the world, then you just don’t know American history,” Cawthorn said.
“George Washington was 21 when he received his first military commission. Abe Lincoln — 22 when he first ran for office. And my personal favorite, James Madison was just 25 years old when he signed the Declaration of Independence.”
James Madison, considered one of the country’s Founding Fathers, did not sign the Declaration of Independence.
Washington was actually 20 at the time of his first commission, and Lincoln was 23 when he first ran for office, according to an NBC News fact check.
James Madison never signed the Declaration of Independence. pic.twitter.com/9h6dUEW0oR
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) August 27, 2020
Cawthorn faced increased scrutiny last week after multiple reports of unwanted sexual behavior. The allegations came to light following a social media post from a woman who shared her account of a date with Cawthorn six years ago.
Earlier this month, Cawthorn initially deleted an Instagram post of him on vacation visiting Adolf Hitler’s “Eagle Nest” headquarters, after his opponent attacked him over the photos.
In the post, Cawthorn referred to Hitler as “the führer”— which means “leader” in German — and called his trip to the Eagle’s Nest, one of Hitler’s homes in the Alps, a “bucket list” destination.
“Strange to hear so many laugh and share such a good time with my brother where only 79 years ago a supreme evil shared laughs and good times with his compatriots,” Cawthrone wrote in 2017.