Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina has responded to a leaked video, saying it shows him and a friend “crass,” “acting stupid,” and “joking.” The video went viral on May 4, 2022, and Cawthorn responded with a tweet credit the creation of the video to a “Washington swamp” campaign
Cawthorn had earlier in the day said in a Twitter video There was a “drip-drip campaign” that cost him the GOP nomination in his elementary school as he sought a second term in the House of Representatives. Cawthorn, 26, was first elected to represent North Carolina’s 11th congressional district in 2020 and faces a May 17 primary. Cawthorn was trending on Twitter on May 4 after the video was posted online.
Taking to Twitter, Cawthorn wrote of the video, which some have dubbed a “sex tape,” saying “a new blow has just fallen on me. Years ago I was in this video with a friend who was crass and trying to be funny. We pretended and joked. That’s it. I am NOT retiring. I told you there was going to be a drip-drip campaign. Blackmail won’t win. We will.”
The 30 second video shows a naked Cawthorn who appears to be bucking and bucking on a bed near another male. The video shows no sexual activity between the two men. It appears the footage is being captured by someone else in the room. Cawthorn can be heard moaning and screaming.
A photo of Madison Cawthorn wearing lingerie to a cruise ship party also surfaced recently, and he was faced with questions about potential insider trading related to a Let’s Go Brandon cryptocoin
Cawthorn has been the target of a number of negative headlines in recent weeks including a Politico “Exclusive” report This included a photo of him in lingerie. The photo was taken at a party on a cruise, according to Cawthorn.
Another report in the Washington Examinerasked if Cawthorn is facing a possible insider trading investigation or an ethics investigation into whether he participated in a “pump and dump” scheme with a “Let’s Go Brandon” cryptocurrency.
Cawthorn was also subpoenaed on April 26 after a loaded 9mm handgun was found while going through security at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. according to NBC News. Cawthorn received a subpoena for possession of a dangerous weapon on city property. He could also face a federal penalty. Cawthorn was previously subpoenaed in 2021 for carrying a gun at an Asheville airport.
In 2021, former college classmates accused Cawthorn of sexual harassment or misconduct in a BuzzFeed News article. The news site wrote:
BuzzFeed News spoke to more than three dozen people, including more than two dozen alumni, their friends and their relatives, who described or confirmed instances of sexual harassment and misconduct on campus, in Cawthorn’s car and at his home off campus . Four women told BuzzFeed News that Cawthorn, now a rising Republican star, was aggressive, misogynistic, or predatory toward them. Her allegations have included calling her derogatory names in public in front of her peers, including calling a woman “slutty,” asking her inappropriate questions about her sex life, grabbing her by the thighs, forcing her to sit on his Sitting on her lap and kissing and touching her without her consent. One of these women, now working as an intern for another Republican congressman, walks past Cawthorn in the Capitol corridors. According to more than a dozen people — including three women who had first-hand experience and seven people who had heard of these incidents at the time — Cawthorn often used his car to capture and harass his classmates, and would give them a lift to what he did could be called “fun rides” off campus. Two said he would drive recklessly and ask about her virginity and sexual experiences while locked in the moving vehicle.
According to the article, Cawthorn’s team declined to respond to the allegations, referring BuzzFeed News to comments he made during a debate: “I’ve never done anything sexually inappropriate in my life. If I have a daughter, I want her to grow up in a world where people know you have to specifically ask before you touch her. If I had a son, I want him to grow up in a world where he’s not called a sexual predator for trying to kiss someone.”
Another leaked video, received by The Daily Mail in late AprilIt shows Cawthorn in a car with his assistant and collaborator Stephen Smith, with Cawthorn saying, “I feel the passion and the desire and I’d like to see a naked body under my hands.” The video then shows Smith responding, “Me too ‘ as he stretches his hand towards Cawthorn’s crotch while Cawthorn is in the driver’s seat.
After The Daily Mail posted the video, Cawthorn tweeted: “Many of my colleagues would be nowhere near politics if they had grown up with a cell phone in their hands.”
Cawthorn said on Twitter, “I’m ready to keep fighting for you… Don’t let the Washington swamp dissuade you or distract you from sending a warrior back to Washington.”
On May 4th, Cawthorn posted a video on Twitter in which he reacted to the various stories about him that have made headlines over the past few weeks. Kawdorn tweeted, “I am ready to keep fighting for you. I wanted you to know the truth, straight from me. Don’t lose hope, don’t listen to the fake news. Don’t let the swamp of Washington dissuade or distract you from sending a warrior back to Washington. I’ve only just started fighting for you.”
In the video, Cawthorn said: “I’m sure many of you have seen some strange things that the media has released about me over the past few weeks. I’ve never seen the swamp launch such a coordinated attack against anyone in politics, except Donald Trump.” About the lingerie photo released by Politico, Cawthorn said, “This article spreads a ridiculous narrative that I’m some kind of am drag queen … The media thinks that playing a silly game on a cruise ship with my friends and family means I can’t serve in Congress. That is trash. My mom was literally in that crowd.”
Cawthorn has lost the support of several North Carolina Republicans, including US Senator Thom Tillis, who called for an ethical investigation into insider trading issues. Kawdorn tweeted, “RINOS stumble over themselves to defeat me. you will lose. We will win.”
In March, Cawthorn drew backlash from fellow Republicans after saying so Warrior Poet Society Podcast. that after arriving in Washington, he was invited to a “sexual meeting” and “orgy” at a politician’s home, and that “some of the people are leading the movement to try to eliminate addiction in our country and then see They do a big hit of cocaine right in front of you. And it’s like, this is wild.”
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