Bogus Valor

Lie: Madison Cawthorn has said repeatedly during his campaign that he intended to go to the Naval Academy until an accident derailed his plans.

Truth: Cawthorn was rejected by the Naval Academy and he learned of that rejection before his accident. (United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida Case No. 6:16-cv-02240, David Madison Cawthorn Deposition, Oct. 12, 2017, p. 146)

Lie: Maria Bartiromo interviewed Madison Cawthorn on Fox Business News on Aug. 26 and said, “You’ve given service to our country.” Cawthorn said nothing to refute that claim. (

Truth: Cawthorn never served in the military.

Supporting Sources

  • Madison Cawthorn's claim about Naval Academy creates false impression (Citizen Times, 8-14-20)
  • Candidate’s claim creates false impression (Smoky Mountain News, 8-13-20)