Rep. Madison Cawthorne (RN.C.) has responded to a video circulated on social media that shows a conservative congressman, naked, making loud movements near another person’s face.
“A New Hit Just Dropped Against Me,” GOP Legislator tweeted on Wednesday, “Years ago, in this video, I was being cruel to a friend, trying to be funny. We were being silly and joking. That’s it.”
A new hit against me just dropped.
Years ago, in this video, I was being crass with a friend, trying to be funny.
We were acting foolish, and joking.
I’m NOT backing down.
I told you there would be a drip drip campaign.
Blackmail won't win. We will.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) May 4, 2022
It is not clear who shot the video or how it became public. Cawthorne portrayed it as part of a “drip campaign”—presumably, one meant to discredit him as his re-election bid drew to a close—and insisted that “blackmail won’t win.”
The nearly 30-second clip shows what appears to be a naked Cawthorne in a bed with his waist held near the head of an unidentified man. A male voice can be heard repeatedly saying “oh ma yah yah”. A man’s voice can also be heard laughing and saying, “Stick this in his face.”
The photos came after video footage surfaced showing Cawthorne wearing women’s lingerie – he said the images were from a “goofy” sport on a cruise – and a video showing one of his male staff members wiping his crotch. was shown holding. The Washington Times reported that the latter video sparked an ethics complaint.
Critics of Cawthorne have noted that such videos and images suggest the hypocrisy of a right-wing lawmaker, who has said that he adheres to “too many traditional values and too many traditional views” and has complained that he is LGBTQ. The members of the community went too far in pursuing their rights.
The North Carolina Republican also made headlines over allegations of insider trading, attempting to bring a loaded handgun onto a plane a second time, and having to surrender his driver’s license after driving with a suspended license.
In late March, he also raised some eyebrows when he claimed that the DC elite had previously invited him to orgasm and had cocaine in front of him.