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Congressman Madison Cawthorn cites ‘Christian principles’ of King David in ad

Republican urges constituents to push government leaders to adopt Christian values he says were shown by figures in Hebrew Bible, including prophet Daniel, Queen Esther

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (Republican - North Carolina) arrives for a House Republican conference meeting in the US Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2021. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images via JTA)
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (Republican - North Carolina) arrives for a House Republican conference meeting in the US Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2021. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images via JTA)

Madison Cawthorn wants his constituents to push government leaders to “uphold Christian principles.”

As an example, Cawthorn says, look no further than the Hebrew Bible.

“Look at David, look at Daniel, look at Esther — look at all the people who influenced the government of their day to uphold Christian principles,” the House representative from North Carolina said in a new campaign ad released Sunday night that declared that a “spiritual battle” is happening on Capitol Hill.

It is “time for the American Christian church to come out of the shadows,” Cawthorn says in the clip.

The ad is part of the 26-year-old’s reelection campaign. Cawthorn, a North Carolina Republican, is already facing challenges by several Republicans and Democrats ahead of next year’s midterms.

According to biblical chronology, King David lived about 1,000 years before Jesus. Daniel is placed in the 6th Century BCE, and Esther in the 5th Century BCE.

This is not the first time Cawthorn has appropriated a piece of Jewish history in service of his campaign. In January, he tweeted an adaption of a well-known poem about the Holocaust to promote his campaign merchandise. He later apologized for the tweet in a meeting with North Carolina Jewish leaders.

Cawthorn has also been criticized for posting pictures from a trip to the Eagles Nest, a Nazi retreat favored by Hitler. He later removed the photos from Instagram.

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