Madison Cawthorn Vows to Prosecute Fauci, Seize Chinese Assets in U.S. if GOP Returns to Power

GOP Congressman Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina pledged that if Republicans retake control of Congress, he would ensure that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is legally charged.

While speaking in Rutherford County, outside of Asheville, Cawthorn, accused Fauci of lying to Senator Rand Paul during a Senate hearing.

In Rutherford County, NC this morning, Madison Cawthorn said that when Republicans regain power, he is going to make sure Fauci is prosecuted. He then says, "I will seize every single Chinese asset in America." (Good for Wall St and corporate donors to know).

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"It's a crime to lie to Congress," he said. "When we take the majority back, I will make sure that man is charged."

Cawthorn has long been critical of Fauci throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, previously accusing him of lying about the origins of the virus.

In July, he said, without evidence, that he believes Fauci is "culpable and actually bears some responsibility for what happened in the Wuhan lab" during an appearance on the right-wing TV station Newsmax.

"I normally have a great amount of respect for the people who work here on Capitol Hill, knowing that although we have different ideas on how to accomplish it, we are all trying to work for the betterment of the American people," Cawthorn said in July. "I will tell you right now, that is not the case with Anthony Fauci."

Also during his Saturday speech, Cawthorn spoke of a "new" Republican Party that would not "sit around and not hold these people accountable." He also promised that if the GOP retakes Congress, he would "seize every Chinese asset in America" as a downpayment for "the reparations they owe us for what they've done to our country."

"There's a new day rising in America. There's a new patriotic fervor rising in America," Cawthorn said.

Though the congressman did not specify which assets he would "seize," Chinese entities have invested billions of dollars into various U.S. companies, notably in the real estate industry, according to a database from PublicCitizen. China has also accumulated more than $1 trillion in U.S. Treasury securities, more than any country other than Japan, according to the Treasury Department.

A video of his remarks has been viewed more than 500,000 times on Twitter and sparked some pushback from users who said Cawthorn's promises fell outside the scope of Congress.

"This guy is a wet-behind-the-ears Congressman, low in the seniority totem pole, who obviously has no damn clue what Congress does and does not do," wrote political commentator Ana Navarro-Cárdenas. "They should make these people pass a basic civics course. Scary to think such ignoramuses vote on legislation affecting us all."

Cawthorn represents North Carolina's 11th District, which spans the conservative far-western part of the state but includes the liberal city of Asheville. A freshman in Congress, he was elected last November with 54.5 percent of the vote.

Newsweek reached out to Cawthorn's office for comment Sunday morning but had not heard back by publication. This story will be updated with any response.

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Representative Madison Cawthorn vowed to charge Anthony Fauci when the GOP retakes a majority in Congress. Here, he speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando on February 26, 2021. Joe Raedle/Getty Images