Rep. Madison Cawthorn Made a Holocaust Joke While Selling Campaign Merch and People are Disgusted
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) managed to fire off a tweet that is simultaneously anti-Semitic and tasteless in an act of selling his own merchandise that also turned into a magnificent self-own. This is on the heels of his apparent switcheroo from echoing former president Donald Trump’s complaints of “election fraud” to suddenly condemning him for his rhetoric in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol building.
That behavior earned him a steep scolding from the editorial board of The Charlotte Observer. The editors called him an “embarrassment” and I’m here to say that things haven’t improved, especially considering this recent bit of dumb behavior.
Let me assure you, this is really, really offensive.
“First they came for our Free Speech, then they came for our Free Markets, next they’ll come for our Free Shipping on orders of $50 or more with promo code: FREEDOM50.”
First they came for our Free Speech, then they came for our Free Markets, next they’ll come for our Free Shipping on orders $50 or more with promo code: FREEDOM50
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) January 28, 2021
See? I told you this is offensive. It’s a hamfisted and thoughtless reference to a poem by German Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemöller that references the cowardice among German intellectuals (including himself) under Nazi rule. What’s even worse is he did this right before Holocaust Remembrance Day. Because that’s the kind of guy Cawthorn is. He’ll probably try to say he was “joking,” but as DailyDot notes:
“…generally jokes about the Holocaust that also promote your merch page are considered to be in poor taste, to make an extreme understatement.”
But here’s the part where the self-own comes in. The merchandise he’s trying to sell, accompanied by the offensive tweet, is a white face mask that’s emblazoned in black with just one word: “Useless.”
this is an actual product for sale from madisongrifts r us pic.twitter.com/8bIFKLhLnF
— Slade (@Slade) January 28, 2021
Well, that description’s apt, isn’t it folks? Obviously, it’s an attempt to imply that wearing a mask is “useless” for preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus or catching it, as a brand new strain that’s more almost certainly contagious strikes the U.S. But a lot of people are having a difficult time looking at the mask-wearing woman in the photo without somehow thinking the term “useless” is actually referring to the wearer.
At any rate, it looks like the mask has been removed from the merchandise page. But don’t worry the page contains plenty of other stupid things: shirts that say “Taxation is theft,” and “The Real Virus Is Communism.” Haha.
Needless to say, the Twitterati is having a field day with Cawthorn. Enjoy!
Does a brown shirt and a nazi salute go with that speech? pic.twitter.com/9wkB7C5VIy
— DevinNunes' Cattle Dog (@Kaos_Vs_Control) February 2, 2021
there is a mistake in the design!
it’s missing an arrow pointing at the wearer’s face, sort of like those “i’m with stupid” t-shirts.
— milunka (@_ginkgo_biloba_) February 2, 2021
I wasn't looking for a POS, but since I stumbled across one here…
— Yellowdog🌊 (@puddyellow88) February 1, 2021
It wasn't until they came for the idiots that you did something – because they were coming for you.
— b2savage (@b2savage) February 1, 2021
This guy is in Congress? Seriously?
— Heather (@heathertrix) January 31, 2021
And just a day after Holocaust Remembrance Day. Looks like an anti-Semitic dog whistle to me!
— Melissa Maestri (@Sims_Dynasty) January 30, 2021
Martin Niemöller would turn in his grave. And by the way: He would never have supported the likes of you
— Andrea Adil💘🦸🏻♀️😷 (@AdilAndrea) January 30, 2021
Then they came for your stolen valor.
— Jeff Farias – expel – convict (@jefffarias) January 29, 2021