Madison Cawthorn declares from football field: ‘I will never kneel

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Republican congressional candidate Madison Cawthorn targeted athletes and “politicians who stand for nothing” in a stirring campaign video declaring his love of America.

The 25-year-old GOP nominee for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district called out progressives and others on the left who disparage the nation in his campaign ad, promising that he will “never kneel” but will stand for America as he raised himself out of his wheelchair.

“Politicians, Corporations and Athletes continue to KNEEL. They would rather appease the Mob than stand up for our Great Country,” Cawthorn, who was partially paralyzed in a 2014 car accident, captioned the post sharing his latest campaign ad on Twitter.

“Are you tired of politicians who stand for nothing? You vote for these people to stand up for you. But when was the last time you saw a politician take a stand on anything?” Cawthorn’s voice asks at the start of the two-minute message as he is seen heading on to a football field in a wheelchair.

“Our entrenched political class doesn’t stand. They kneel,” he continued, adding that they kneel to socialism, violent mobs, globalism, and to those who want to “hollow out our middle class, destroy our businesses, open our borders, and close our schools.”

“I am tired of being represented by cowards who kneel. Where is our backbone?” Cawthorn said as the video showed him continuing to mace his way across the filed.

“I was raised to be a patriotic American, to honor our men and women in uniform, to memorialize those who gave their lives to make America the greatest country on earth,” he said.

“To be born an American is a gift from God. Living under this flag is a blessing no matter who you are or where you come from. I will never ever disrespect it. I am proud to be an American, and because I’m proud, I stand,” Cawthorn declared as he pushed up on his arms to lift out of the wheelchair now in the end zone.

“I will never kneel. I will stand,” he added.

His timely ad was released as the NFL kicked off its season last week with several Black Lives Matter tributes and sentiments which were not always well-received. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans heard a resounding boo from fans in the stadium when they linked arms in a “moment of unity” during their pregame social justice display.

The Houston Texans stayed in the locker room during the so-called “black national anthem” and the Star-Spangled Banner while Alex Okafor, the Chiefs defensive end, took a knee during the playing of the national anthem.

The NBA bubble has also been used as a national platform for social justice, with the league’s restart temporarily stalled when players called a boycott and refused to play.

The messages from politicians, athletes and celebrities s on the lift in recent weeks was called out by conservative activist Candace Owens who slammed NBA superstar LeBron James and others for their hypocrisy and for fueling anti-police sentiments.

“The racist, anti-police, black lives matter LIE is to blame,” Owens tweeted this weekend.

Meanwhile, patriotic and uplifting messages like Cawthorn’s resonate with many Americans who are tired of the division and civil unrest. The GOP nominee, who pulled off an upset victory in June in the race for Mark Meadows’ North Carolina seat, stirred hearts in his speech at the Republican National Convention last month.

“You can kneel before God, but stand for our flag,” Cawthorn said. “The American idea my ancestors fought for during the Revolutionary War is as exciting and revolutionary today as it was 250 years ago.”

“I say to Americans who love our country, young and old, ‘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 liberty and justice for all,’” he added, rising out of his wheelchair.


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