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Madison Cawthorn and his wife are divorcing, the representative from North Carolina announced in a statement on Wednesday. The couple was married in April of this year.
Cawthorn was elected to the U.S. House last November. The freshman lawmaker said that he and his wife “mutually decided to divorce,” according to NBC News.
Cawthorn announced his marriage via a tweet in April stating that, “now Cristina Cawthorn is the greatest honor, privilege and adventure of my life.” He said they were engaged before he was elected to the House and that afterward, their lives changed. He noted that they tried “balancing the enormity of such a transition in life.”
Daily Mail stated the couple was wed on April 3, 2021 in an intimate ceremony after sharing a whirlwind romance, in which Bayardelle said she knew he ‘was the one’ after just months of dating.
Their wedding followed a six-month engagement during which Cawthorn was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward more than 30 women when he attended a Christian college in Virginia for a semester in 2016.
The North Carolina Republican said he and Bayardelle were ‘committed to make things work’ but quickly realized they were unable to balance his role as a public servant and their marriage.
‘From the outset, we committed to make things work, to fight for our marriage, and seek counsel for balancing the enormity of such a transition in life,’ Cawthorn explained.
On April 3rd of 2014 my life changed. A car accident put me in a wheelchair and dashed my hopes for the future. On April 3rd of 2021 my life has once again changed. Marrying Cristina Bayardelle, now Cristina Cawthorn is the greatest honor, privilege and adventure of my life. pic.twitter.com/bqmtAUbsIS
— Rep. Madison Cawthorn (@RepCawthorn) April 4, 2021
“Together, we realized that balance was not attainable, and that we had irreconcilable differences between us,” the lawmaker said.
Cawthorn is the youngest member of Congress and a staunch supporter of President Trump. He is also a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. He questioned the results of the presidential election and was a featured speaker on January 6th at the Ellipse in DC before the riot that marred the event. He did not advocate for violence.
Cawthorn spoke at Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest in Phoenix this week. He was a featured speaker along with Kyle Rittenhouse who was recently found not guilty for shooting three attackers during a social justice riot. The lawmaker spoke on the need to get the crisis on the border under control.
“Instead of being the police force of the world, some people who want to say, ‘Oh my goodness, well you know what, there’s this terrible border crisis going on in Ukraine and Russia, Vladimir Putin, blah blah. I don’t care. I really don’t,” he said during his speech to young conservatives at the event.
Cawthorn added, “I love Eastern Europe, I’m sure it’s a great place, but until we get our own southern border secured, I don’t give a damn about the border conflict in Ukraine.”
He also touched on the need to help military veterans who have fallen on hard times and who are homeless before sending money to foreign nations, Fox News reported.
“Before we as a Christian nation start going out and paying for gender studies in Egypt and giving all this foreign aid, why don’t we start by serving the homeless veterans on the side of the street,” Cawthorn said.
Regarding the border, Customs and Border Protection reported that agents had 173,620 encounters in November alone. That’s a massive 140% increase from this time last year.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said that American cities are more dangerous now because of the Biden administration’s failure to take on the border crisis, according to Fox.
“Every time you think … we’ve hit rock bottom, something else happens,” Brnovich added, noting the amount of illegal drugs transported across the border. “There’s a record amount of people flooding into this country this year.”
Scrolling through the Customs and Border Protection news section, readers can see just what agents are facing on the border as cartels smuggle in massive amounts of hard core drugs like heroin, cocaine, meth and fentanyl. The murderous Mexican drug cartels control every aspect of the border, sometimes on the U.S. side, and the Biden administration is all but ignoring it.