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  • Reply to: Madison Cawthorn tries (and fails) to justify seditious rhetoric   14 hours 49 min ago

    This part made me giggle a little bit:

    Siemann admitted, a little sheepishly, that he and other elite athletes were aware of Cawthorn long before he ran for office. In fact, Cawthorn’s Instagram feed was a bit of a running joke. “[My teammates and I] would share whatever posts [Cawthorn] put up and be like, ‘Look at what batshit thing he said about the Paralympics this week.… The claims he was making were just so absurd, you have to find some humor in it.”

    Of course, that's information we could have used last Fall, or even earlier in the year during the Primary.

  • Reply to: Madison Cawthorn tries (and fails) to justify seditious rhetoric   15 hours 8 min ago

    Cawthorn told a Christian podcast that he trained to be on a Paralympics track and field team. Not only could "The Nation" not find any proof of his claims, repeated by Cawthorn on social media, but Paralympic athletes themselves don't know what the hell he's talking about.

    "The community itself is small," said Robert Kozarek, a former elite wheelchair marathoner who never qualified for the Paralympic Games himself. "There's probably 50 [elite wheelchair racers] in the entire country, and we see each other four, five, six times a year, at least."

    Cawthorn boasts about training for the Paralympics on social media, but other athletes aiming for the same goals say the lawmaker's claims about his intentions to break the world record for the 100-meter dash are ridiculous.

    "Who is this guy?" McGrory recalls thinking when she saw Cawthorn's boast. "Why does he think he's going to break world records? This is really weird. I don't think he has any idea what he's talking about."

    This follows Cawthorn's claims that he was accepted to the Naval Academy. In fact, his application was rejected.

  • Reply to: Madison Cawthorn tries (and fails) to justify seditious rhetoric   15 hours 8 min ago

    It's hard to imagine any other reason he would utter this statement:

    You know, we just felt like we didn't have any representation so people wanted to go and fight because of that.

    This from the mouth of someone who literally represents some of those people in the very legislative body they were attacking. Either he's completely clueless or he's so mendacious it's hard to fathom. It's possible that both those things are true, of course.

  • Reply to: Friday News: Long overdue   17 hours 4 min ago

    In two days he has accomplished (or set in motion) more good deeds than Trump did in four years.

  • Reply to: Friday fracking video   1 day 7 hours ago

    Maybe not as big a rush, since the lease sales won't happen for a while? But ANWR needs to be protected.