Leaders call for NC Rep. Madison Cawthorn to resign for role in Capitol riots
Many are calling for NC Representative Madison Cawthorn to resign after he spoke at former President Trump's Stop the Steal rally. Madison Cawthorn is a rising star in Republican politics and the youngest member of Congress. Even some leaders within his own party say he went too far and called for violence ahead of the U.S. Capitol riots.
IT IS ALL AHEAD THIS SUNDAY ON "MEET THE PRESS". >>> 44,000 PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED A PETITION CALLING ON A CONGRESSMAN TO RESIGN EVER HIS ROLE OF THE DEADLY RIOT AT THE U.S. CAPITAL. MADISON CAWTHORN IS A RISING STAR AND THE YOUNGEST MEMBER OF CONGRESS. THOUSAND LAURA LESLIE SHOWS US EVEN SOME WITHIN HIS OWN PARTY SAY HE WENT TOO FAR. >> WE WERE BORN FOR A TIME LIKE THIS. >> Reporter: FROM FIERY SPEECHES TO SOCIAL MEDIA, MADISON CAWTHORN HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MAIN PROMOTERS OF VARIANT'S FALSE CLAIMS OF THE ELECTION FRAUD BACK IN DECEMBER HE SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF HAVING THE ELECTION OVERTURNED. >> CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN. YOU CAN THREATEN THEM. YOU CAN SAY IF YOU DON'T START SUPPORTING ELECTION INTEGRITY I AM COMING AFTER YOU, MADISON CAWTHORN IS COMING AFTER YOU. >> Reporter: ON JANUARY 6TH THE RALLY TURNED VIOLENT, MADISON CAWTHORN URGED THE CROWD TO RISE UP. >> I WANT THE COWARDS BUT WASHINGTON DC TO HEAR YOU. >> Reporter: NOW, SOME 35,000 PEOPLE SAY HE SHOULD STEP DOWN ON BE REMOVED, INCLUDING HIS DEMOCRATIC OPPONENT. DAVIS PUTS MADISON CAWTHORN IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS SENATORS JOSH HAWLEY AND TED CRUZ. >> THEY ENCOURAGE THE MOB TO COME TO WASHINGTON. EVERYONE SAW THE OUTCOME. >> Reporter: CAWTHORN DID CONDEMN THE RIOT. BUT, DAVIS SAYS IT IS NOT ENOUGH. >> YOU CAN'T LIGHT THE FUSE THEN DENYING RESPONSIBILITY. >> Reporter: REPUBLICANS ARE CRITICIZING CAWTHORN TOO. AFTER THE RIOT A SHERIFF APOLOGIZE FOR HAVING ENDORSED CAWTHORN, SO DID ACTIVIST EDDIE HARWOOD, WHO POSTED ON FACEBOOK "THE BLOOD OF YESTERDAY ARE