Rep. Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.) is calling for vengeance against Republicans who didn’t support his failed reelection effort, saying on Instagram Thursday afternoon that it’s “time for Dark MAGA to truly take command,” referencing a growing far-right community that endorses former President Donald Trump punishing his political enemies.

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Cawthorn lost the Republican primary for his North Carolina House seat on Tuesday, falling to state Sen. Chuck Edwards 33.4% to 31.9%.

The 26-year-old freshman congressman tweeted congratulations to Edwards Tuesday night, saying “It’s time for the NC-11 GOP to rally behind the Republican ticket to defeat the Democrats’ nominee this November,” but his Instagram post Thursday—the first since the loss—struck a far different tone.

Cawthorn posted a list of so-called “patriots” like Trump, Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), but vowed to go on a “mission” to purge the GOP of members he feels are “cowardly and weak.”

He went on to say “it’s time for the rise of the new right, it’s time for Dark MAGA to take command.”

The Global Network on Extremism & Technology, the London-based research arm of tech industry-backed Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, describes Dark MAGA as a “post-alt-right online aesthetic movement” that has largely functioned so far through engaging in meme warfare, typically by posting black and red-tinted pictures of Trump and other right-wing figures shooting laser beams out of their eyes .

Dark MAGA images also sometimes feature neo-Nazi and white supremacist iconography, according to the Global Network on Extremism & Technology.


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