The loss of Madison Cawthorn undermines the power of Trump’s endorsement

  • Madison Cawthorn has debunked Donald Trump’s claim of having an “unmatched” endorsement record.
  • Cawthorn is a Trump ally who the former president said deserved a “second chance” in Congress.
  • Cawthorn lost his main race to Chuck Edwards, debunking the myth of the power of Trump’s endorsement.

Freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s loss in North Carolina to her main challenger, Chuck Edwards, has shattered the myth surrounding the power of former President Donald Trump’s political endorsements.

Trump threw the embattled congressman a lifeline ahead of his Tuesday primary, posting on Truth Social, Trump’s social media platform, calling on voters to “give Madison a second chance.” In his post, Trump wrote that Cawthorn recently “made some dumb mistakes, which I don’t think he’ll ever make again.”

However, Trump’s endorsement did little to push Cawthorn over the edge to beat Edwards, a candidate backed by a Republican-linked super PAC and endorsed by a senator from Cawthorn’s home state, Thom Tillis.

Cawthorn’s loss comes after a series of scandals: In March, he angered top Republican lawmakers by making claims about orgies and cocaine use by lawmakers in DC. The following month, a former staff member accused him of being a “habitual liar” and received a second citation for bringing a loaded gun to an airport.

The legislator may also have violated the STOCK Act by failing to disclose his purchases of the “Let’s Go Brandon” cryptocurrency coin.

Snapshots of Cawthorn dressed in lingerie on a cruise were also leaked in April, which she dismissed as “dumb vacation photos.” She was also the subject of two leaked videos posted online by a PAC campaigning against her re-election. Cawthorn dismissed both videos as part of a “drip campaign” to oust him.

Cawthorn’s ouster comes weeks after Trump boldly claimed his support for Republican candidates was vital to their success.

“My track record is unparalleled, my endorsement is totally unparalleled. No one has ever had a record like this. I am almost immaculate,” Trump said during an interview with David Brody on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The 700 Club.”

Trump said on the show that Republicans should be afraid of him if his views disagree with theirs. “Because if I endorse them, they win, and if I don’t endorse them, they don’t win. In other words, that is almost 100% of the case,” said the former president.

A Trump-backed Republican victory is certainly not guaranteed if this week’s results hold. Another Trump-backed political candidate, Charles Herbster, lost his Nebraska gubernatorial race last week amid allegations of sexual assault by eight women.

Meanwhile, other Trump-backed figures, including Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue, have struggled to keep up with their respective races.

However, Trump-backed candidates have also scored some electoral victories.

JD Vance won his primary for the Ohio Senate on May 4, while Doug Mastriano, a clear favorite endorsed by trump, won his race in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial primary. Mastrian is best known for denying the 2020 election and participating in the plot to overturn then-President Donald Trump’s defeat in the state.

Trump has made 183 endorsements since leaving office, according to Ballotpedia, many of which have yet to be fulfilled.

For his part, Cawthorn has conceded the race to Edwards, according to the Associated Press.

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