Noted roller Nazie and habitué of the Eagle’s Nest gift shop, Maddie Cawthorn, was caught on a Zoom call packing heat. Is that what the kids call Toobin’ing these days?
North Carolina representative Madison Cawthorn was caught cleaning his gun on Thursday during a virtual congressional hearing about veterans who have been exposed to toxic chemicals during the line of duty.
It didn’t go over well:
Observers spotted the Republican congressman toying with a pistol during the testimony of Jen Burch, a six-year Air Force veteran who later developed breathing problems after being exposed to a toxic military “burn pit” in Afghanistan.
“It was immature. He’s a child. He lacks common sense. I think the congressman was overcompensating for something that he lacks and feeling inadequate among the heroes on that call,” John Feal, a 9/11 first responder who was at the virtual meeting, told The Daily Beast.
“Imagine you showed up for a Zoom meeting and a colleague decided that was when he needed to clean his gun,” wrote Lindsay Church, co-founder of Minority Veterans of America, on Twitter, alongside a screenshot of Mr Cawthorn with his weapon. “Because that’s what happened today in a Congressional roundtable on toxic exposure. We’re better than this.”
Did he offer apologies?
When asked about his handling of a gun during the hearing, a spokesperson for the representative said, “What could possibly be more patriotic than guns and veterans?”