The Democratic candidate for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District is drawing scrutiny after profane tweets he made have resurfaced in the wake of his recent debate against his Republican opponent.
Moe Davis, a retired Air Force colonel who is running against 25-year-old Madison Cawthorn to represent western North Carolina in the House of Representatives, was asked to explain vulgar posts he made on social media in recent years after local radio host Pete Kaliner brought them up to him during the Sept. 4 debate.
“Colonel Davis, on social media you’ve suggested Mr. Cawthorn’s a white supremacist, a racist, a Nazi, a Nazi sympathizer, or all of those things,” Kaliner said. “You’ve called him a far-right hateful extremist, alt-right, a bigot, ignorant, a liar, a poster child for Donald Trump’s fascism, uneducated, unable to compete, pretty and pampered, lacking any moral core.”
Kaliner went on to list some of the epithets Davis has hurled toward the president, as well, in which he claimed Trump is “a 100% purebred worthless scumbag [expletive]” with a racist agenda and described first lady Melania Trump as his “foreign-born nude model 3rd wife.”
Kaliner also laid out the times Davis demonized Trump supporters, likening the Republican Party to the KKK, the MAGA hat to a Klan hood, and a rally held by evangelist Franklin Graham to a Klan rally.
You’ve got to be a 100% purebred worthless scumbag asshole to do a grinning photo doing a thumbs up while your foreign-born nude model 3rd wife holds the baby of 2 parents who were slaughtered by another asshole who was carrying out your racist asshole agenda!@realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/WOoYjfS1Gv
— Moe Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) August 9, 2019
“You are obviously entitled to your opinions,” Kaliner said. “But those examples are obviously in contrast to your promise to represent all of North Carolinians’ 11th District, many of whom are Republicans.”
Offering him the opportunity to outright accuse his opponent of being a neo-Nazi after he has implied it, Kaliner then asked Davis, “Do you think this improves the level of discourse in our politics? Isn’t this the very kind of behavior that you accuse and condemn President Trump of engaging in?”
Kaliner also offered Cawthorn the opportunity to condemn Trump’s penchant for personal attacks.
Davis, who did not directly answer Kaliner’s question, deflected by bringing up accusations against Cawthorn, such as when he allegedly called his friend a variation of the N word in high school.
Cawthorn described Davis’s responses as “character assassinations,” and noted, “My opponent seems fascinated with going through my old text messages and my old history, because I don’t believe that he really wants to talk about his positions. When he gave his answer, he didn’t really answer any of the part of the questions from Mr. Kaliner, which was asking him, ‘Why did you call a Franklin Graham rally a Klan rally?'”
Cawthorn went on to describe Davis as “a pseudo-carpetbagger” from Shelby, North Carolina, which is outside of the 11th Congressional District. As The Asheville Citizen-Times reported, Davis studied law at the historically black North Carolina Central University, which he said he attended because his status as a white minority in a majority-black school allowed him financial assistance from the state.
“I qualified as a minority student (at NCCU) because I am white, and so my tuition and a stipend were paid by the state,” he said.
Davis has taken flak for since-viral tweets in which he savaged his opponent in personal terms, attacking him for being homeschooled and accusing him of being a misogynist and a Nazi sympathizer.
My 25 year old homeschooled, college-dropout, lying, white nationalist friendly, misogynistic, sexual aggressive, multimillionaire (with no job) opponent with policy views that would make George Wallace proud has the full weight of the Republican Party behind him.
Must be nice. https://t.co/wsVwbnrzoB
— Moe Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) August 23, 2020
Davis also described in graphic detail what he imagines as the proper punishment for “extremists” in the North Carolina Republican Party. “Screw they go low, we go high bullsh*t,” Davis tweeted a year ago in a tweet that is still up as of publishing. “When @NCGOP extremists go low, we stomp their scrawny pasty necks with our heels and once you hear the sound of a crisp snap you grind your heel hard and twist it slowly side to side for good measure. He needs to know who whupped his ass.”
Screw they go low, we go high bullsh*t. When @NCGOP extremists go low, we stomp their scrawny pasty necks with our heels and once you hear the sound of a crisp snap you grind your heel hard and twist it slowly side to side for good measure. He needs to know who whupped his ass.
— Moe Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) September 12, 2019
Among other tweets Davis has yet to delete since filing to run to replace White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in Congress, he seemed to question Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Christian faith and also attacked the boys from Covington Catholic High School by calling them a variation of maggots.
“If you think you’ve been called by Christ while you’re serving as the lead fluffer for the profane, serial adultering, immoral, habitual lying, narcissistic, draft-dodging, grifter [Trump] then it’s obvious Jesus butt-dialed you by mistake,” Davis tweeted about Pompeo.
If you think you’ve been called by Christ while you’re serving as the lead fluffer for the profane, serial adultering, immoral, habitual lying, narcissistic, draft-dodging, grifter @realDonaldTrump then it’s obvious Jesus butt-dialed you by mistake. https://t.co/8c6u1vQudA
— Moe Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) October 13, 2019
Regarding the Covington boys, Davis wrote on Jan. 19, 2019, “This is how the [Trump] MAGAts treat an American Veteran. It’s time to kick him and his immoral minority to the curb.” Nicholas Sandmann, the most visible boy from that incident, recently settled a defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post for $250 million.
— Moe Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) January 19, 2019
The race between Davis and Cawthorn has become acrimonious as allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against Cawthorn, according to World Magazine. Cawthorn claimed, “I have never done anything sexually inappropriate in my life.”
Cawthorn also took heat for photos depicting him and his brother during a trip to Europe during which they visited the Eagle’s Nest, which was once Hitler’s retreat. He has also been attacked for allegedly sending a white supremacist message through the number of people he follows on Twitter and for doing interviews in front of a Betsy Ross flag.
Cawthorn, who stands poised to become the youngest member of Congress after beating Trump-backed candidate Lynda Bennet in a June 23 runoff election, has since risen to national prominence after visiting Trump at the White House in July and delivering a speech at the Republican National Convention.
In a statement provided to The Daily Wire, a spokesman for the Cawthorn campaign said:
Moe Davis’ perverse and graphic call for violence against his political opponents isn’t just an assault against Republicans but our republic. The ability to resolve our differences peacefully isn’t an aspect of our system of government, but its foundation. Thousands of Americans have served and died defending that right, which Davis ridicules. The DCCC’s willingness to tolerate this rhetoric because the candidate has a ‘D’ next to his name illustrates what Madison Cawthorn warned against during his convention speech – a digital dark ages, a time of tribalism without truth.
The Davis campaign did not respond to The Daily Wire’s request for comment.
This story has been updated to include comment from the Cawthorn campaign.