North Carolina Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn claimed that he has been invited to an orgy in Washington and had personally seen leaders in the efforts to curb drug addiction doing cocaine.
Cawthorn, who was elected in 2020 as the youngest person ever to serve in Congress, made the comments during an appearance on the “Warrior Poet Society” podcast with host John Lovell.
Lovell was asking Cawthorn how close the fictitious TV show “House of Cards” was to real life as a member of Congress. To which Cawthorn said this:
“The sexual perversion that goes on in Washington … being kind of a young guy in Washington, where the average age is probably 60 or 70 – [you] look at all these people, a lot of them that I’ve looked up to through my life, I’ve always paid attention to politics. … Then all of a sudden you get invited – ‘We’re going to have a sexual get-together at one of our homes, you should come.’ … What did you just ask me to come to? And then you realize they’re asking you to come to an orgy. … Some of the people leading on the movement to try and remove addiction in our country, and then you watch them do a key bump of cocaine right in front of you. And it’s like, this is wild.”
It’s not clear to me whether Cawthorn is suggesting that members of Congress have invited him to orgies or just other people in Washington – although after listening to his comments several times, it seems to be the former.
Ditto his allegations of seeing people in Washington doing cocaine.
Either way, Cawthorn is making some very serious allegations here. On a podcast. With zero proof or follow up. You can’t just say stuff like this without being asked follow-up questions – like who, exactly, is he talking about and when did all of this happen?
(I have reached out to Cawthorn’s office for comment but haven’t heard back yet.)
Cawthorn and controversy have gone hand in hand since he was elected to the House seat previously held by Mark Meadows, who was chief of staff for former President Donald Trump.
Earlier this month, CNN reported that Cawthorn was facing charges of driving with a revoked driver’s license, the second time he’s been flagged for that violation in the last five years.
Cawthorn also drew negative attention when a video surfaced of a recent speech Cawthorn gave in which he described Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as a “thug” and called the Ukrainian government “incredibly evil.”
(Cawthorn tried to defuse the situation with a tweet in which he noted that “Putin and Russia are disgusting,” but added that “leaders, including Zelensky, should NOT push misinformation on America.”)
In March 2021, CNN reported on a series of allegations of sexual misconduct made against Cawthorn by women who said he behaved inappropriately to them during his college years. Cawthorn has denied any wrongdoing.
That’s a whole lot for someone who is been in Congress for less than two years.
The ball – on this latest matter – is now very much in Cawthorn’s court. He’s made some very big allegations. Can he back them up?
Cawthorn concedes to Edwards in NC GOP primary
(NewsNation) — U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn conceded to North Carolina state Sen. Chuck Edwards in the GOP Primary for the state’s 11th Congressional district, a spokesperson for Cawthorn’s campaign shared.
Decision Desk HQ also projects that the embattled lawmaker lost the primary.
Despite a plea from former President Donald Trump, North Carolina voters opted not to give Rep. Madison Cawthorn a second chance.
Before voters hit the polls, Trump appeared to make a last-ditch effort to save Cawthorn’s campaign efforts, posting on social media that Cawthorn made “foolish mistakes” but that he deserved a second chance in the GOP primary. Key Republican leaders in the state pushed against Cawthorn in his bid for reelection.
Cawthorn has been at the center of multiple scandals, including driving with a revoked license and bringing a gun to an airport — twice.
In March, Cawthorn had about 49 percent support in his district. That number went down to 38 percent in April.
Some of the leading Republicans in North Carolina not only spoke out against Cawthorn but donated money to groups trying to defeat him.
Cawthorn faced seven other Republican candidates in the primary for the 11th Congressional District seat. In addition to Edwards, he was challenged by Matthew Burril, Rod Honeycutt, Wendy Nevarez, Bruce O’Connell, Kristie Sluder and Michele Woodhouse.
Edwards will face Democratic nominee Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, a minister and organizer, in the general election.