Cawthorn’s Fibs Land Him in Hot Water with GOP
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) had a tense meeting with House GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), wherein the 26-year-old admitted that his comments about his Congressional colleagues inviting him to orgies and doing cocaine in front of him were “exaggerated.”
McCarthy says he may take further action against Cawthorn over his “unacceptable” remarks, which sparked uproar within the House Republican conference.
“I just told him he’s lost my trust, he’s gonna have to earn it back, and I laid out everything I find is unbecoming. And, you can’t just say, ‘You can’t do this again.’ I mean, he’s, he’s got a lot of members very upset.”
The House GOP leader said Cawthorn admitted that some of his remarks during an interview with the Warrior Poet Society podcast were erroneous and “exaggerated.”
“In the interview, he claims he watched people do cocaine. Then when he comes in he tells me, he says he thinks he saw maybe a staffer in a parking garage from 100 yards away,” McCarthy said.
“It’s just frustrating. There’s no evidence behind his statements. And when I sit down with him … I told him you can’t make statements like that, as a member of Congress, that affects everybody else and the country as a whole.”
Podcast host John Lovell had asked Cawthorn whether House of Cards was a “fictious show” or if it was “closer to like a documentary.” The lawmaker said he’d experienced “sexual perversion” on Capitol Hill and that some of his colleagues had invited him to an orgy and done cocaine in his presence.
Several House GOP members were irate upon hearing Cawthorn’s claims, with many demanding that Cawthorn “name names” if he’s going to make such allegations.
“Madison’s stuff irritates me because it’s not true,” Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) said. “He’ll have to either name names or retract it.”
McCarthy said he plans to wait and see what Cawthorn does to improve before taking further action.