Freshman Republican lawmaker Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is facing pushback from colleagues after he claimed that the Washington, D.C. swamp is a den of “sexual perversion” like that depicted in the TV show House of Cards.
On a recent podcast, Cawthorn claimed to have been invited to “orgies” by fellow lawmakers and said he witnessed politicians doing cocaine, The Hill reports.
Cawthorn was asked on the Warrior Poet Society podcast whether the Netflix show House of Cards is closer to fact or fiction.
“The only thing that’s not accurate in that show is that you could never get a piece of legislation about education passed that quickly,” Cawthorn said.
Cawthorn, 26, claimed that he has seen lawmakers who lead anti-drug efforts “do a key bump of cocaine right in front of you.” He said that politicians in their 60s and 70s engage in “sexual perversion,” and that it has been sobering to see people he looks up to invite him to orgies.
“I’m like, ‘What did you just ask me to come to?'” Cawthorn added. “And then you realize they are asking you to come to an orgy.”
Cawthorn echoed past comments about blackmail being the “currency” of Washington, saying the media controls politicians by threatening to expose their secrets.
GOP not happy with freshman
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told party members that he would speak to Cawthorn after Republicans complained about his remarks, with members calling on Cawthorn to “name names.”
“You should have to name names if you are going to go make those kinds of brush stroke accusations and impugn the character of people in this institution or … anybody else in this town,” one Republican told Politico.
A populist firebrand with a penchant for controversy, Cawthorn has sought to align himself with President Trump’s America First movement and its call to “drain the Swamp.”
Cawthorn has taken flak for giving President Biden a “one-finger salute,” and calling Ukraine’s president a corrupt “thug.” Cawthorn has also faced an effort to block him from the ballot on the pretext that he is an “insurrectionist” for having questioned the 2020 election at a rally prior to the Jan.6 Capitol riot.
His latest comments could all be an effort to bolster his outsider credentials, but his claims aren’t implausible. If there is any truth to it all, would the media tell us?