Since the 2018 midterm elections rolled in, Americans have been collectively rolling their eyes and wondering how someone as illogical with such unsustainable ideas could have won a seat in the United States Congress. Her primary claim to fame seemed to be her penchant for socialism and her age.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the youngest person to hold that position. She was just 28 years old when she won the Democratic nomination for her district and was lauded as a conquering hero when she entered the hallowed halls of Congress just months later.
However, that record was blown out of the water by a Republican newcomer and media darling in his own right, 25-year-old Madison Cawthorn. Not only is Cawthorn the youngest ever member of Congress, just barely crossing the threshold for the minimum age requirement, but he has also taken over the seat of now White House Chief Of Staff Mark Meadows, who left his North Carolina seat on March 30 to work for the Trump administration.
Cawthorn was once a staffer for Meadows and earned the former representatives endorsement first to attend the U.S. Naval Academy after winning a full-ride ROTC scholarship from the U.S. Marine Corps. “I was the No. 1 pick in the whole nation. I had it all,” the homeschool graduate said.
However, on April 3, 2014, all that came crashing down around him when a catastrophic car accident left him partially paralyzed at the age of 18, according to The Washington Examiner.
“When my accident happened, I had spent my entire life building my athletic ability, building my mental ability, making sure I could pass any tests I was ever given,” Cawthorn told the Washington Examiner.
“Everything was going great for me,” he continued. “I had a great family. I was extraordinarily healthy. Life couldn’t get much better for me.” Cawthorn then described his accident, saying he was riding back with his friend from a spring break trip to Florida.
“I’m asleep taking a nap, and I run into a wall at 70 miles per hour. My entire life was taken away from me.”
According to the Examiner, the force of the impact snapped Cawthorn’s spine, shattered his ankle, broke his pelvis, and cost him a kidney, and burned him extensively. His internal organs were also pushed up into his chest, crushing his lungs.
“Both my lungs collapsed, so I couldn’t speak for a very long time,” he said, recalling how he learned sign language to temporarily compensate for the injury.
Local news in Hendersonville, North Carolina had extensively reported on Cawthorn’s accident, but it was when he returned to the Chick-fil-a where he had worked since he was 14 that the media was [resent and able to report on the community support that the teen received from his friends and former co-workers. “ His former manager wept as he hugged him,” the examiner reported.
With a new inspiration to work in the protection of his country, Cawthorn moved toward the political arena and eventually defeated candidate Lynda Bennett in a runoff primary election in June, despite Trump’s support for Bennett.
In their profile on the wheelchair-bound Cawthorn, he admitted that he’s a dyed-in-the-wool conservative saying he believes there are too many conservatives that cared more about politics than culture.
“They said, ‘Oh, well, we don’t need to worry about culture. We don’t need to worry about what the sheep think.’” Cawthorn cited Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw and congressional candidate Anna Paulina Luna as great examples of those using all the social technology available to them to keep in touch with younger voters and show that t “the policies the Left wants to push are both morally and financially bankrupt.”
“I think a lot of people realize that there is a generational time bomb going off in the Republican Party,” Cawthorn said. “And if we don’t start defusing it right now, then 20, 30 years down the road, maybe even sooner, we’re going to lose every single election for the rest of time.”
Cawthorn said he believes the GOP must start reaching younger voters and passing the torch or else “it’s going to be very, very bad.”