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An article in Rolling Stone magazine reports that two people who planned the rallies ahead of the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. - both whom are now cooperating with Congressional investigators - have said they talked with seven Republican members of the House of Representatives or their offices ahead of the day about attempts to overturn former President Donald Trump’s election loss.  Among them is Western North Carolina’s Madison Cawthorn. 

Cory Vaillancourt

Video footage from a Republican Party event last weekend showed Western North Carolina Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn speaking about January 6th insurrectionists in a much different way than he had previously.  Those remarks have people from both parties calling for a rebuke or his removal.

U.S. Capitol Riot Arrest Database

Mar 11, 2021
Leah Millis/Reuters

Editor's note: This story was first published on Feb. 9, 2021. It is regularly updated, and includes explicit language.

Nearly every day since insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, the list of those charged in the attack has grown longer. The government has now identified almost 300 suspects in the Jan. 6 rioting, which ended with five people dead, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer.

Cawthorn Talks Insurrection, Being Armed At Capitol

Jan 21, 2021
Jeffrey Delannoy/Smoky Mountain News

Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-Hendersonville, hasn’t even been in office for three weeks but he’s certainly made waves – not just in D.C., but in his Western North Carolina district.

Safety And Security Paramount For Biden Inaugural Events

Jan 20, 2021
Jeffrey Delannoy/Smoky Mountain News

President Trump is now “former President Trump.” But security concerns lingered during the inauguration of his successor, Joe Biden, after Trump helped incite a violent insurrection earlier this month.  In Washington, locals, tourists and, yes, reporters, dealt with the fallout of the insurrection on inauguration day. 

Cawthorn Says Capitol Mob Was Paid By Democrats

Jan 18, 2021
Cawthorn For NC Twitter account

In the middle of the siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6, while a mob of insurrectionists still roamed the halls and ransacked offices, leaving five dead and dozens injured, Madison Cawthorn called a friendly conservative radio host and blamed the violence on left-wing agitators sent by “the Democratic machine” to make President Trump look bad. 

Photo courtesy of Duke Energy

Duke Energy is pausing all financial contributions to federal office holders and candidates following the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week.  Duke Energy’s political action committee gave almost $600,000 to federal candidates in 2019 and 2020, including $1,000 to current Western North Carolina Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn. 

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Cory Vaillancourt

A key backer of Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn is now dropping his support following last week’s insurrection at the Capitol in D.C. 

Former Henderson County Sheriff George Erwin Jr. was going to be the District Director for newly-elected Congressman Madison Cawthorn. But after seeing his role in the insurrection last week at the Capitol, Erwin says Cawthorn no longer has his support.

Cory Vaillancourt

As the events of January 6 unfolded in Washington, D.C, Western North Carolina’s newly-elected congressman, Hendersonville Republican Madison Cawthorn, hadn’t even been on the job for three full days.