Truly one of the most moving speeches from the RNC came courtesy of 25-year-old Madison Cawthorn, a Congressional hopeful from North Carolina who is poised to become the youngest elected member of the governmental body ever (via New York Post). Cawthorn’s age is not the only thing bringing him national attention — the real estate CEO is a paraplegic.
He bravely shared his story with the world during his rousing appearing at the convention. “At 18, I was in a horrific car accident that left me paralyzed from the waist down,” Cawthorn said (via Axios). “Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a one percent chance of surviving. Thanks to the power of prayer, a loving community, and skilled doctors, I made it.”
The Congressional candidate — whose win to represent Republicans in his district was considered a major upset — went on to say he “felt invisible” the first time he went out in public in his wheelchair. “At 20, I thought about giving up. However, I knew I could still make a difference,” he explained.
How Madison Cawthorn hopes to make a difference
The All-American looking North Carolina native sees himself as the conservative alternative to “The Squad,” as AOC and her group of progressive politicians are known in Washington (via USA Today). “I think that it’s time for a young generation of patriots to rise up and try and take the helm and combat this liberal ideology that seems to have taken root in our generation,” Cawthorn told Fox Business. To that end, he hopes to win the Congressional seat in November — the slot was left open when Mark Meadows left to take on the role of White House chief of staff, according to the New York Post.
In his speech at the RNC, Cawthorn reminded viewers, “If you don’t think young people can change the world, then you don’t know American history.” He went on to cite that Abraham Lincoln was just 22 when he ran for office.
Meanwhile, win or not in the fall, Cawthorn is already inspiring people all over the country. At the end of his speech, the wheelchair-bound hopeful House member stood with the help of a walker and declared, “Be a radical for freedom. Be a radical for liberty. Be a radical for our republic, for which I stand, one nation under God, with the liberty and justice for all.”
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