Earlier this month, Congressman Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.) revealed that he and his wife are splitting after seven months of marriage. The story attracted relatively little interest.
A clip of Cawthorn’s re-enactment of the pair’s meeting has resonated far more with many people than they did when they broke up. People are speculating that the situation might even be a national security concern. Cawthorn has characterized the accusations as outrageous and untrue. There is no evidence that speculation is anything other than that.
The left-wing conspiracy theorists, however, wasted no time jumping into the rumours. In their minds, Cawthorn’s ex is a foreign spy and he is her target. The theory doesn’t make much sense and there’s no evidence other than the admittedly strange circumstances of how and where they met to prove it.
During an appearance on the Daily Caller, Cawthorn said he met an American army captain in a Russian casino while on vacation.
“We succeeded, forged a really great relationship and stayed in touch for about a year and a half.”
Later, while in Miami, Florida, the Army captain invited him to participate in a CrossFit competition.
“It was all a hoax. It’s a mock CrossFit contest. He just wanted to put me in the same room as the girl who would end up being my fiancée,” Cawthorn said.
“We did. She and I hit it. And it’s been a magical relationship ever since.”
“Madison Cawthorn’s divorce just went from boring information to national security concerns,” Grant Stern, executive editor of Occupy Democrats wrote on Twitter.
“This doesn’t sound like an ordinary cute encounter story. Very few of these stories involve Russia,” added Stern.
“Here he describes when he was recruited in St.Petersburg, Russia by a guy who set up a fake CrossFit competition to trap him with his future wife,” tweeted Jim Stewartson.
Frank Figliuzzi, former assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, tweeted, “I have a question.”
“Who runs the CrossFit contest to refer friends?” consufused another Twitter user.
Many people believe that the relationship of Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) with a woman suspected of being a Chinese spy.
Swalwell has not been accused of any wrongdoing and is said to have cut contact with the woman shortly after it was suspected that she was a spy. Some people pointed out that Cawthorn mocked Swalwell about trouble from a few years ago came to light last year.
As the rumors continued, people began to point out other details in the story that they felt didn’t quite fit. For example, gambling and casinos are illegal in most of Russia, including St.Petersburg.
“There are no casinos in Saint Petersburg. There are a few casinos in Azov more than 1,200 miles away, but gambling is illegal everywhere else. Why did he lie? ” tweeted one. Who answered that he may have been to “an illegal casino.” It is also possible that he took a gambling ferry to St.Petersburg and was simply confused.
Much of the so-called evidence against Cawthorn is based on a mixture of assumptions and half-truths. For example, while tourist visas are usually required to visit Russia, as some have said, yes a ferry ride that allows people to travel from Sweden to Russia without anyone.
His story of them meeting having some inconsistencies or embellishments doesn’t prove that there’s anything nefarious about it, although some might want to frame it as such.
That didn’t stop people from analyzing Cawthorn’s facial expressions, eye contact, and speech patterns to find “evidence” that he was lying.
Cawthorn responded to the rumors on Twitter.
“The losers on the left are still bitter at their despised Russia Hoax spreading lies about me,” he said. tweeted.
“They like to come up with conspiracy theories. They are real conspiracy theorists.”
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*First published: December 28, 2021, 2:26 p.m. CST
Claire Goforth is a Daily Dot staff writer covering all things politics and technology, with a focus on the far right and conspiracy theories.
https://www.dailydot.com/debug/madison-cawthorn-conspiracy-theories-russia-wife/ The theory revolves around the story of meeting his wife