When last we checked in with Roller Nazi Rep. Madison Cawthorn —the habitué of the Eagles Nest gift shop and notable Russian useful idiot— he was shifting districts to run for re-election. His new would-be constituents were trying to block his campaign by challenging Cawthorn’s eligibility with Section 3 of the 14th amendment, which states, “No Person shall be a […] Representative in Congress […] who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress […] to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same.”
“Oopsie,” we said to Maddie at the time.
Anyway, his lawyers are fighting back!
[A] lawyer for Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) cited an 1872 congressional action granting amnesty to Confederate soldiers to defend his own client’s eligibility for office…
Though the Amnesty Act applied at the time to Confederate soldiers who fought in the Civil War, nothing in the law prevented it from being applied in the future, [Cawthorn lawyer James Bopp Jr.] argued.
“There’s nothing in the Amnesty Act that says it’s only applicable to the Civil War, and it was very broad in its terms,” he said.
So, to defend our favorite fascist Maddie from his participation in the Stupid Coup, his lawyers have to claim he is like a common Confederate traitor needing amnesty?