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GOP Congressman Owns Himself By Saying The United States Is Becoming Just Like Orwell’s ‘1984’

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) wants us to believe that the United States is becoming just like what George Orwell envisioned in his classic dystopian novel, 1984, but his Tweet referencing the book only succeeded in making him look like a little boy who failed to do his required reading and needed to bullshit his way through a book report.

Here’s Cawthorn’s tweet:

But as Josephine Harvey of HuffPost notes, there’s so much wrong with Cawthorn’s take on the book that you almost need the time it takes to read 1984 to fully explicate all of the nonsense the congressman packed into such a small space:

“For a short tweet, critics found a lot of issues with it. For starters, all novels are fiction. More importantly, it sounded like Cawthorn has either never read 1984 or needs a major refresher on the dystopian classic.

“The Orwell reference is often bandied around by conservatives, usually incorrectly. The book paints a picture of a future under a totalitarian regime. Orwell, a democratic socialist, portrayed how such a government could assert and maintain power by manipulating truth and reality through propaganda.”

Manipulating truth and reality through propaganda. Sounds a lot like the Trump administration. Then again, it also sounds like what passes for “news” on Fox, Newsmax, and One America News (OAN), where truth is shunned like a case of scabies.

It didn’t take long before social media mocked Cawthorn back into temporary silence:

If you suspected that Republicans are getting dumber by the second, Madison Cawthorn is living proof that you’re correct.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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