It Was a Joke: Cawthorn Addresses Compromising Video
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) has addressed an unearthed video showing him nude in bed, thrusting his pelvis at a man’s head.
“Years ago, in this video, I was being crass with a friend, trying to be funny,” Cawthorn wrote. “We were acting foolish, and joking. That’s it. I’m NOT backing down. I told you there would be a drip drip campaign. Blackmail won’t win. We will.”
The American Muckrakers PAC posted the video, claiming that an anonymous former Cawthorn donor had sent it to them.
“Madison Cawthorn should resign from Congress today. While his sexual orientation or behavior behind closed doors is no interest whatsoever to us, his actions should have consequences,” Muckrakers PAC President David B. Wheeler said.
“Ask him for any of this information. We do not know those details. We do know Rep. Cawthorn shouldn’t be in Congress regardless of when this video was taken. We don’t have any further comment at this time.”