North Carolina congressman Madison Cawthorn is under fire from his Republican colleagues over claims that fellow lawmakers have invited him to orgies in Washington, D.C., and has taken cocaine in front of him at parties, The Guardian reports.
Cawthorn now faces condemnation from the House minority leader for the remarks made on a podcast, but will not face immediate disciplinary action.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters that the comments were “unacceptable,” and that there were many different possible consequences that could take place.
McCarthy said he told Cawthorn that his trust in him was lost and that Cawthorn would have to earn back that trust. He also added that Cawthorn’s remarks upset a lot of GOP members.
Cawthorn, a staunch Trump supporter, is a controversialist, and a right-wing gadfly. He is a loud member of the far-right in the House Republican caucus.
He made his orgies and cocaine remark in an interview with the Warrior Poet Society podcast, which was posted last week online.
Cawthorn said that he “looked up” to these people throughout his life, and then all of a sudden, he’s being invited to “a sexual get-together at one of our homes,” and said it was a sex party. He also said that “people that are leading the movement to try and remove addiction in our country” are doing cocaine at parties in front of him.
Others have pointed out that as a hardcore Trump supporter, the only people Cawthorn would be hanging out with in DC would be hardcore MAGA people.
Numerous House Republicans and Senate Republicans have complained about Cawthorn’s remarks.
Republican chief whip Steve Scalise said that the ball is in Cawthorn’s court in terms of how he behaves, and whether there will be disciplinary action in the future.
There are calls for congressman Madison Cawthorn to reveal his fellow lawmakers inviting him to cocaine orgies.