In U.S. politics, incumbents enjoy huge advantages, including fundraising and an increased media profile. But that truism went out the window when Madison Cawthorn managed to fumble his reelection bid, losing the Republican primary to represent North Carolina’s 11th District.
After being elected to the seat in 2020, quickly earned a reputation as a troll par excellence, even in a party increasingly influenced by trolls such as Marjorie Taylor Green. The 26-year-old “vowed to be the most pro-Trump member of Congress,” lied repeatedly, attacked vulnerable communities, and then was caught on video dry humping his male friend.
Of course the Grand Old Party drew a line in the sand at Cawthorn’s homoerotic antics and the formerly rising young politician is now out of a job.
Twitter rejoiced at Cawthorn’s demise, naturally:
Madison Cawthorn losing his primary is the energy I need today! pic.twitter.com/z3cVG3XTqC
— Mariko Hewer (@hapahaiku) May 18, 2022
Madison Cawthorn losing his primary is so funny bc it’s like: “was it the gay humping video, the lingerie photos or the cocaine orgy story?”
— Mother 🌻 🦂 (@punishedmother) May 18, 2022
today’s silver lining is madison cawthorn losing
— Lexi McMenamin (@leximcmenamin) May 18, 2022
Madison Cawthorn is losing his Congressional race.
Huh? You’d think he, like, naked humped his cousin’s face or something?
— AntifaPuddin’Pop™️ (@Andie00471) May 18, 2022
Good Morning to everyone who feels like we won a little something last night by Madison Cawthorn losing his primary
— Nicole 🇺🇦 🌻 (@nmo941) May 18, 2022
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) May 18, 2022
It’s almost like running for public office ruined Madison Cawthorn’s life.
Divorced, humiliated, and under investigation.
— Gabe Sanchez (@iamgabesanchez) May 18, 2022
Leaked footage of Madison Cawthorn reacting to losing House seat: pic.twitter.com/iiQ1tPVjsd
— Quinton Reviews🎬 (@Q_Review) May 18, 2022
All I need to bring me a smile today is the knowledge that Madison Cawthorn lost the primary.🤣
— Renee Libby 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@ReneeAlida) May 18, 2022
After losing his seat, Cawthorn’s classic condescension was surely on the way, but he responded “tamely” on social media.
Congratulations to @ChuckEdwards4NC on securing the nomination tonight.
It’s time for the NC-11 GOP to rally behind the Republican ticket to defeat the Democrats’ nominee this November.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) May 18, 2022