Newly released dashcam footage from a North Carolina State Patrol vehicle shows the moment Rep. Madison Cawthorn is pulled over for speeding — her second of three citations in the past five months .
The 26-year-old speedster was eventually cited for driving 87 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone during the January 8 stop. The footage also shows the officer letting Cawthorn off the hook for not having his license.
The freshman rep has received at least three speeding tickets in the past few months — including additional stops on Oct. 18, 2021 and March 3, 2022, according to Fox 46.
In all three incidents, he was driving a white 2009 Dodge Challenger registered in his father’s name.
It’s just the latest incident to draw public attention to the beleaguered North Carolina representative, who has drawn bipartisan condemnation in recent months for a string of chilling statements.
Cawthorn last month declared Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a ‘thug’ at a constituent meeting just days before he was to address a joint session of Congress, prompting a fierce backlash from members of his own party.
“Madison is wrong. If there’s a thug in this world, it’s Putin,” Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said when asked about the comments, saying he spoke to Cawthorn about the incident .
Cawthorn also made headlines recently for suggesting that other members of Congress invited him to “orgies” and used cocaine in front of him, exposing the “sexual perversion” of Washington insiders.
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Newly released dashcam footage from a North Carolina State Patrol vehicle shows the moment Rep. Madison Cawthorn is pulled over for speeding — her second of three citations in the past five months
The 26-year-old speedster was eventually cited for driving 87 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone during the January 8 stop
In footage from the Cawthorn traffic stop on Jan. 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 short chase by the officer, Cawthorn parks the vehicle on the grassy shoulder of the dual carriageway.
“The only reason I’m stopping you is because of your speed,” the officer said after approaching the driver’s side window. ‘Do you have your driver’s license with you?’
“No sir, I don’t have my wallet on me,” Cawthorn replies.
Driving without a license is a class 3 misdemeanor in the state of North Carolina and carries a maximum penalty of 20 days in jail.
The officer also asks Cawthorn if he is the registered owner of the vehicle, though the noise from the pavement drowns out his answer. The officer later returns to say that the car is actually registered in the name of the congressman’s father – to which he responds, “Is that really?”
The interaction continues with the officer telling Cawthorn to slow down and try to always have his license handy.
He also informs Cawthorn of his next court date on January 4 and asks, “Any questions about the subpoena?”
‘No sir, is it something I can just walk in and pay?’ he has answered.
The officer concludes by telling Cawthorn that he must attend the court date in person.
Last month, Cawthorn called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a ‘thug’ at a constituent meeting just days before he was to address a joint session of Congress, prompting a backlash from members of his own party.
Cawthorn – who was left partially paralyzed and wheelchair dependent following a 2014 car accident in which he was a passenger in a friend’s vehicle – also raised eyebrows last month when he launched a lengthy rant about rampant “sex perversion” and drug use in the nation’s capital. He even compared the Netflix series Card castle to his experience in Washington, D.C.
He was asked last month during an interview with the Warrior Poet Society podcast how his Capitol Hill experience aligns with the show, specifically its elements of “corruption, power, money and perversion.” .
Cawthorn said he once heard a former president say that the only thing unrealistic about the show was that Congress would ever be able to quickly pass a bill, and he was agree with this sentiment.
‘The sexual perversion that’s going on in Washington…being a kind of young guy in Washington where the average age is probably 60 or 70, I look at all these people – many of them I looked up to all throughout my life. life… then all of a sudden you’re prompted to like, ‘well, we’re going to have some kind of sexual encounter at one of our houses. You should come, like, why did you just ask me to come? And then you realize they’re asking you to come to an orgy.
During an interview with the Warrior Poet Society, 26-year-old Cawthorn was asked how closely his Capitol Hill experience aligns with House of Cards, specifically its elements of “corruption, power, money, and perversion.” .
Cawthorn said he once heard a former president say that the only thing unrealistic about the Netflix show was that Congress would ever be able to pass a bill that quickly, and he agreed with the feeling
A few days later, Cawthorn had a meeting where he was reprimanded by GOP leader Kevin McCarthy for the savage remarks. McCarthy said Cawthorn told him he had “exaggerated” his comments about witnessing cocaine use in elite Republican circles, and that he “may have seen a member staff in a garage 100 meters away taking drugs”.
“I just told him he lost my trust, he’s going to have to get it back, and I explained everything that I find inappropriate,” McCarthy told Axios and other outlets at the time.
Earlier this year, Cawthorn also suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was an alcoholic.
Cawthorn said of the California Democrat at a campaign event, “I’ll tell you I have to work with her every day, so please pray for me.” Alcoholism theories are very true and it’s very sad,’ he said, according to a video posted by Patriot Takes.
His line caused laughter during the event.
Pelosi, 81, has been and hasn’t been drinking for years.
Her daughter Christine attacked earlier slurs about her mother’s alleged alcoholism in 2019, tweeting, “Republicans and their conservative allies have been pumping this despicable fake meme for years!” Now they are taken.
“#FactCheck: Madam President doesn’t even drink alcohol!”
Earlier this year, Cawthorn also suggested at a campaign event (above) that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is an alcoholic – despite not drinking
Then in March, a video surfaced showing Cawthorn calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug”. He said his government was “corrupt, incredibly evil” and “pushing woke ideologies”.
He appeared to be discussing sending US military aid to Ukraine before lashing out at leaders in kyiv – who have refused to flee the country despite reports that many are on a Russian ‘kill list’ , including Zelensky and his family.
But the freshman congressman doesn’t seem to be apologizing anytime soon, recently saying he ‘will not bow to the crowd’ amid a barrage of criticism from within his own party for the series of bombastic statements.
“The radical left, the establishment and the media want me down. Their attacks have been relentless. I won’t stop fighting. I won’t bow to the crowd. They want to silence the America First movement. I’m not going anywhere,’ the 26-year-old North Carolina Republican wrote on Twitter, along with a new campaign video.