House Witness on Extremism Accuses Madison Cawthorn of Not Listening to Testimony

House Witness on Extremism Accuses Madison Cawthorn of Not Listening to Testimony

An expert on U.S. militias has accused Representative Madison Cawthorn , a Nort Carolina Republican, of not listening to her testimony at a House hearing on extremism before offering a discordant condemnation of her views a short time later. Dr. Amy Cooter, a Vanderbilt University professor, testified during a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on extremist militia members recruiting veterans on Wednesday. During the opening statement of her testimony, Cooter noted that she was a gun owner and had extensively interviewed militia members. Representative Madison Cawthorn, North Carolina Republican, complained that a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on extremist militias attempting to recruit U.S. military veterans was “about finding extremists inside of our veterans” on Wednesday. Cawthorn is pictured on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas on July 9. Cooter said that her research had found “the majority of militia members are law-abiding citizens” before expressing concerns about violent “extremist units” seeking recruits that include “some disenchanted veterans.” Minutes later, Cawthorn condemned what he called a “disgusting” hearing while singling out Cooter’s testimony for allegedly “attacking the idea of having militias.” “I just heard Dr. Amy Cooter with her opening statement start attacking the idea of having militias in our country,” Cawthorn said . “I understand that she used some special words and things to say that ‘oh no, I’m not against all militias.’ But unfortunately having a militia is a protected right within our constitution under the Second Amendment. And I believe it is […]

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