Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) claimed in an interview posted Thursday that fellow lawmakers have invited him to attend an orgy and done bumps of cocaine in front of him.
The remarks from the 26-year-old congressman came in the context of a discussion about whether, in “Warrior Poet Society” podcast host John Lovell’s words, “House of Cards” was a “fictitious show” or if it was “closer to like a documentary.”
“The only thing that isn’t accurate about that show is that you could never get a piece of legislation about education passed that quickly,” Cawthorn told Lovell.
“I 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,” Cawthorn said.
“Then all of the sudden you get invited to, ‘Well hey, we’re going to have kind of a sexual get together at one of our homes, you should come.’”
“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 also claimed to have seen other people “leading” anti-addiction efforts doing cocaine in front of him.
“Or the fact that, you know, some of the people that are leading on the movement to try and remove addiction in our country and then you watch them do, you know, a key bump of cocaine right in front of you and it’s like, wow, this is wild,” he told Lovell.
Cawthorn’s allegations resulted in House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise calling him into a meeting Wednesday.
“I’m very disappointed. I told him he’s lost my trust,” McCarthy said after the meeting, according to CNN’s Melanie Zanona. “He’s lost my trust. He’s going to have to earn it back.”
McCarthy also said that when pressed, Cawthorn basically admitted he either exaggerated or made up the allegations. “He did not tell the truth. That’s unacceptable,” said McCarthy.
Cawthorn in another set of recent remarks to supporters described Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as a “thug” who presided over an “incredibly evil” government even as Russia invaded Zelensky’s country. The congressman was widely panned for the comments, which a local news station in Raleigh highlighted in a video.