As rioters supporting President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, newly elected Republican North Carolina Congressman Madison Cawthorn told conservative talk radio program The Charlie Kirk Show that the “Democratic machine” had placed “agitators” among the mob in order to make Trump and his followers look bad.
“I believe that this was agitators strategically placed inside of this group—you can call them Antifa, you can call them people paid by the Democratic machine—but to make the Trump campaign, the Trump movement, look bad, and to make this look like it was a violent outrage, when really the battle was being fought by people like myself and other great patriots who are standing up against the establishment and standing up against this tyranny that we see in our country,” Cawthorn said on the program.
Cawthorn also said that he carried multiple loaded weapons that day in the U.S. House chambers. His remarks went largely unnoticed until Sunday, when The Asheville Watchdog first reported them. His claims have also been contradicted by the FBI.
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