Rep. Madison Cawthorn claims he was armed on the floor when MAGA mob stormed Capitol

Freshman Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn claimed he was armed the day rioters swarmed the Capitol, which would be a violation of House rules.

Cawthorn told his local newspaper, The Smokey Mountain News, he was on the House floor when the mob broke into the building last Wednesday. 

He evacuated with the other lawmakers, staff and journalists and said: ‘Fortunately, I was armed, so we would have been able to protect ourselves.’

Firearms are not allowed on the House floor except by members of security. 

Washington D.C. has strong laws against concealed weapons but lawmakers are exempt from them as long as the weapons are stored in the members’ offices and transported safely and unloaded. 

Freshman Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn claimed he was armed the day rioters swarmed the Capitol, which would be a violation of House rules

Freshman Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn claimed he was armed the day rioters swarmed the Capitol, which would be a violation of House rules

Rep. Madison Cawthorn, 25, was part of the group of House Republicans who spoke to President Donald Trump's rally of supporters on the National Mall the morning of the riot

Rep. Madison Cawthorn, 25, was part of the group of House Republicans who spoke to President Donald Trump’s rally of supporters on the National Mall the morning of the riot

Cawthron has posted photos to his personal instagram account of him holding a rifle

Cawthron has posted photos to his personal instagram account of him holding a rifle

Cawthorn, 25, was part of the group of House Republicans who spoke to President Donald Trump’s rally of supporters on the National Mall the morning of the riot. He also objected to Congress’ certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

He previously told the president’s supporters it was okay to ‘lightly threaten’ lawmakers. 

At a Turning Point USA event in December, which is a gathering of young conservatives who support Trump, Cawthorn encouraged attendees to ‘call your congressman and feel free — you can lightly threaten them.’

‘Say: ‘If you don’t support election integrity, I’m coming after you. Madison Cawthorn’s coming after you. Everybody’s coming after you,’ the Republican from North Carolina said.

But Cawthron decried the MAGA mob of insurgents who stormed Capitol Hill last week, leaving five dead and a trail of destruction in their wake. 

‘I don’t want to over-exaggerate here, but it was the closest I’ve ever been to 9/11, thinking that a major monument to American success and prosperity is being attacked by people who want to subvert it,’ he told The Smokey Mountain News.

‘In my mind I was not thinking, wow, Republicans are out there storming, Constitutionalists are out there, storming. I said, ‘There is this disgusting and pathetic group of people who are storming the Capitol,” he said. ‘I have no problem calling that out, even though a lot of those people probably would’ve voted for me. No problem calling that out, because I just, I can’t support that.’

Cawthron, the youngest member of Congress, is in a wheelchair as the result of being in a car accident at the age of 18.

He thanked two fellow lawmakers – Congressmen Ted Budd and Richard Hudson – for helping him when U.S. Capitol Police evacuated the House floor after rioters made their way into the Capitol.

Rep. Cawthron is a supporter of President Trump who opposed the effort by Congress to certify the 2020 presidential election

Rep. Cawthron is a supporter of President Trump who opposed the effort by Congress to certify the 2020 presidential election

‘They really helped me. They got me down some steps. They moved a lot of the furniture that was used to barricade different doors so I could get through,’ he said.

He recounted: ‘But because I had to take another route, we didn’t have our Capitol police escort so there were multiple times we needed to change the route we were taking just to be safe. Fortunately, I was armed, so we would have been able to protect ourselves.’

And he noted: ‘We stayed hunkered down at another member’s office but then I opened the blinds — and not to make a pop culture reference — I felt like I was watching Lord of the Rings when the orcs were taking over the last stronghold of man.’

Cawthron has come under fire for some of his previous comments. He called Adolph Hitler ‘the Fuhrer’ in a now-deleted Instagram post of him visiting Hitler’s vacation home in Germany known as the ‘Eagle’s Nest.’ He denied being a white supremacist. 

Rep. Lauren Boebert, who has bragged about her desire to carry her glock pistol into the Capitol, got into a standoff with Capitol Hill police and wouldn't let them search her bag after she set off the security alarm on Tuesday night before she entered the House floor

Rep. Lauren Boebert, who has bragged about her desire to carry her glock pistol into the Capitol, got into a standoff with Capitol Hill police and wouldn’t let them search her bag after she set off the security alarm on Tuesday night before she entered the House floor

Meanwhile, lawmakers were reminded on Tuesday they are not allowed to bring firearms with them when they come to the House floor to vote. 

Rep. Lauren Boebert, who has bragged about her desire to carry her glock pistol into the Capitol, got into a standoff with police and wouldn’t let them search her bag after she set off the security alarm. 

Boebert, who supports QAnon theories and made a name for herself carrying her fire arm on the campaign trail, walked through the screening process with her bag, which set off the magnetometer. She refused to hand the bag over to be searched. 

Capitol Police eventually let the Republican from Colorado in the House chamber and it appears her bag was not searched before they did so. 

‘I am legally permitted to carry my firearm in Washington, D.C. and within the Capitol complex,’ Boebert tweeted after the incident. ‘Metal detectors outside of the House would not have stopped the violence we saw last week — it’s just another political stunt by Speaker Pelosi.’ 

Speaker Pelosi went through the metal detectors when she entered the House floor. She, too, set them off but stopped for Capitol Police to wand her. 

The new security procedures were announced Tuesday, coming after last week’s riot on Capitol Hill. 

‘Effective immediately, all persons, including Members, are required undergo security screening when entering the House Chamber,’ acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett wrote Tuesday in a memo to lawmakers obtained by DailyMail.com.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi went through the metal detectors when she entered the House floor

Speaker Nancy Pelosi went through the metal detectors when she entered the House floor

Speaker Pelosi stopped for Capitol Police to wand her

Speaker Pelosi stopped for Capitol Police to wand her

Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene set off the detectors when she went through them Tuesday night and had to get wanded by U.S. Capitol Police

Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene set off the detectors when she went through them Tuesday night and had to get wanded by U.S. Capitol Police

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene takes off her shoes as part of the screening process

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene takes off her shoes as part of the screening process

Lawmakers were reminded that firearms are not permitted on the House floor but face masks are required to be worn. 

Security will remove those who do not comply. 

‘Failure to complete screening or the carrying of prohibited items could result in denial of access to the Chamber,’ Blodgett wrote. ‘Members not wearing a mask will not be admitted to the Floor and Members who fail to wear a mask will be removed from the Floor.’

But many Republicans revolted against the new security measures as long lines of lawmakers waited to go through the screening so they could vote, causing delays for them to get onto the House floor.

Before Tuesday, lawmakers were allowed to skip security lines going into and out of the Capitol complex. They were able to walk around the mags simply by wearing the gold circular lapel pin that identified them as a member of Congress. 

Three Republican lawmakers argued with Capitol Police about the issue.

‘This is bull****,’ Rep. Rodney Davis told House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer, calling the new system ‘horse****’, adding that valuable resources were being diverted and the Republicans weren’t consulted on the matter. 

Rep. Markwayne Mullin said police ‘can’t stop me’ from going through them.  

And Rep. Steve Womack yelled at officers as he went through the magnetometer: ‘You are creating a problem you do not understand the ramifications of.’

 He said it is going to create chaos during votes with members steaming through.

‘Get back,’ he told them. ‘Don’t touch me.’

Other Republicans, about a dozen, simply walked around the metal detectors, refusing to go through them. 

Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert was one of them.

‘You can’t stop me; I’m on my way to a vote,’ he said as he bypassed police.

Congressman Steve Scalise, the No. 2 Republican in the House, said the situation is ‘untenable’ because it ‘impedes the ability of members to come and vote.’

‘This is our job,’ he said.

Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene set off the detectors when she went through them Tuesday night and had to go through additional screening. 

Greene, who supports QAnon conspiracy theories, had to take off her shoes and was at the magnetometer for about two minutes total to get wanded by an officer.

Greene, who has objected to wearing a face mask in the past, was wearing one Tuesday night.  It read Molon labe, which means ‘come and take them’ and is an ancient Greek expression that is a classical expression of defiance. 

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