Madison Cawthorn, a 24-year-old Republican nominee for Congress, cautioned against defunding the police and said that a “mob mentality” will create dangerous anarchy.
Cawthorn described the “far-left liberals’” efforts to defund the police as “laughable” and said its intended anarchy “reeks of an Orwellian nightmare” during a phone interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The 24-year-old also said that 99 percent of police officers hold themselves to “an extremely high standard” and that he’s “firmly against defunding the police.”
“At the end of the day we cannot demonize the police, they are ones who keep us safe in society,” he said.
“They want to defund the police department so there’s no law and order so that anarchy becomes bound, which is obviously not anyone’s end goal because they can’t have any power then. … And you know what, I believe that this is going to push us more towards a centralization of power.”
“And that is a really scary world to me. I mean, it just reeks of an Orwellian nightmare,” Cawthorn told the DCNF.
The 24-year-old won the Republican primary runoff in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District on Tuesday.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows previously held that House seat before retiring from Congress.
Cawthorn claimed more than 65 percent of the vote against Lynda Bennett when poll watchers called the race.
President Donald Trump called the young nominee to congratulate him from Air Force One.
On the issue of statue removals, Cawthorn emphasized that “mob mentality has no intelligence” and advocated for “sober-minded, candid conversations.”
“I’m not against pulling down our statues of Confederate generals and Confederate leaders. I do not believe it should be done by a mob. I don’t think we should go out in the night masked, put a truck around it and pull it down.”
“What I do believe is it’s going to require some sober-minded and some very candid conversations and a debate where it’s going to be voted upon and we make a decision. I don’t believe in erasing history, but I don’t think we should romanticize what these Confederate generals did,” he told the DCNF.
Cawthorn is favored to win the November general election against Democrat Moe Davis, a retired Air Force colonel, The Hill reported.
If he does, Cawthorn will be one of the youngest to take a congressional seat at the House of Representatives.
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