Republican congressman Madison Cawthorn has been accused of lying about the car crash that left him paralyzed. The person accusing him of lying, was in the car with him.
A former close friend of the right-winger legislator talked to the media on Monday about the incident and his relationship with Cawthorn since.
Specifically, Bradley Ledford cast doubt on the version the lawmaker peddled since the accident and during his campaign.
Cawthorn’s account, which he first went public with in 2017 blamed Ledford for the accident. He also claimed his former close friend left him to die in a “fiery tomb.”
Ledford claimed he actually saved Cawthorn’s life. His account says he pulled the recently elected congressman from the wreckage.
“It hurt very badly that he would say something as false as that,” Ledford told the media. “That is not at all what happened. I pulled him out of the car the second that I was able to get out of the car.”
Madison Cawthorn The Rising Star
Cawthorn, a congressman out of South Carolina is viewed as a young star of the Republican party. He’s also the youngest member of congress, at 25-years-old.
The biggest reason for his rise appears to be his embrace of former president Donald Trump. The young Republican is one of the most vocal peddlers of the claim that the 2020 Presidential Election was stolen from Trump.
However, last month, he backed off those claims. “I think I would say the election was not fraudulent,” Cawthorn said on CNN.
Since the crash when he was 18-years-old, Cawthorn has been confined to a wheelchair. He’s paralyzed from the waist down.
The crash, and overcoming the inability to walk was front and center during his successful 2020 campaign. However, several aspects of his story about the crash and his personal history were called into question over the last few months.
The Falsified Information
When it came to the crash, Cawthorn also claimed he was “declared dead” at the scene. This claim was disproved by reports from first responders who declared him stable but unresponsive.
The congressman also claimed that the crash robbed him of the ability to go study at the Naval Academy. In fact, Cawthorn’s application was rejected well before the accident. Despite never actually headed to that school, he put his attempts at joining the military front and center of his campaign.
Cawthorn also once claimed that after the accident, he started training for the Paralympics. He even claimed he almost made the US Team. This has been disputed by officials on that team who pointed to the need for several years of strict regimens and training to have any shot of making the squad.
So far, Cawthorn hasn’t addressed the recent accusations by his former friend.
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