The incredible moment when paraplegic House candidate Madison Cawthorn stood at the end of his convention speech drew ire from PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor.
Cawthorn, who was partially paralyzed in a 2014 car accident, urged liberals to “listen to other ideas and let the best ones prevail” and conservatives to “define what we support and win the argument.”
To close out his speech, Cawthorn was helped up out of his wheel chair, stood behind a walker and said: “Be a radical for freedom, be a radical for liberty, and be a radical for our republic for which I stand, one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you, and may God bless America.”
Be a Radical for Freedom.
Be a Radical for Liberty.
Be a Radical for our Republic.
I will STAND. Will you? #RNC2020 pic.twitter.com/04PeoAN28V
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) August 27, 2020
In response to his speech, Yamiche Alcindor tweeted: “Madison Cawthorn made it a point to stand, suggesting that all Americans to should stand during the pledge of allegiance & national anthem. It was a direct rebuke of actions by ppl — including black [sic] athletes who are currently sitting out games — protesting police.”
Madison Cawthorn made it a point to stand, suggesting that all Americans to should stand during the pledge of allegiance & national anthem.
It was a direct rebuke of actions by ppl — including black athletes who are currently sitting out games — protesting police brutality.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 27, 2020
Alcinder got immediately blasted on Twitter as a direct result of her criticism. See Below
Here some of the most highly engaged reactions to Alcindor’s tweet:
You are incredibly stupid.
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) August 27, 2020
If you thought, "certainly nobody could attack this man in a wheelchair for standing up at the end of his speech," you haven't met our completely insane White House press corps, currently viciously attacking a paralyzed man for not sharing their far-left political views. https://t.co/aDNqFg68hj
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 27, 2020
Nowhere did Cawthorn state his standing was a “direct rebuke of actions by ppl — including black athletes who are currently sitting out games — protesting police brutality.
And Yamiche Alcindor is not a journalist. https://t.co/IybeznJdZ0
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) August 27, 2020
How on earth could you possibly turn the rather moving act of a FREAKIN' PARAPLEGIC rising for the national anthem into some weird BLM trip? When someone holds the door open for you, is that a rebuke of BLM too?
My patience for takes like this has reached its limit. https://t.co/p7EZPmzoj8
— Jeff B. tried to do his best, but he could not (@EsotericCD) August 27, 2020
The activist below found a way to turn a paraplegic standing up in his wheelchair an act of white supremacy https://t.co/UQ8VvmvE7m
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) August 27, 2020
Yamiche Alcindor (D-PBS) thinks she’s a Democratic Party press secretary.
— Max (@MaxNordau) August 27, 2020