North Carolina Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn is capturing flak from his own party this week after claiming Washington D.C. is a sexually obsessed swamp run on cocaine.
“The sexual perversion that goes on in Washington, I mean, being kind of a young guy in Washington, average age is probably 60 or 70,” said Cawthorn on the “Warrior Poet Society” hosted by John Lovell last week. “I look at a lot of these people, a lot of them that I’ve looked up to through my life—I’ve always paid attention to politics—then all of a sudden you get invited to, ‘Oh hey we’re going to have a sexual get together at one of our homes, you should come.'”
The 26-year-old congressman continued raising his voice in falsetto with a shocked expression.
“‘What did you just ask me to come to?’ And then you realize they’re asking you to come to an orgy,” Cawthorn explained. “Some of the people who are leading on the movement to try and remove addiction in our country” snorted “a key bump of cocaine” in front of him. “This is wild.”
The controversial comments set off members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and provoked a meeting between the congressional newcomer and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is weighing further action.
“There’s a lot of different things that can happen,” McCarthy told Axios Wednesday. “I just told him he’s lost my trust, he’s gonna have to earn it back, and I laid out everything I find is unbecoming. And, you can’t just say ‘You can’t do this again.’ I mean, he’s, he’s got a lot of members very upset.”
The scandal, however, is nothing more than a distraction from Democrats presiding over an increasingly depressed nation coping with severe economic uncertainty with excess sugar, alcohol, and opioids. Meanwhile, as Republicans prepare to discipline Cawthorn, Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell continues to serve on the House Intelligence Committee with access to the nation’s top secrets despite a relationship likely turned romantic with a suspected Chinese spy.
First reported by Axios in December 2020, Swalwell reportedly developed a close rapport with a since-vanished Chinese national named Fang Fang, who placed an intern in the congressman’s office and assisted in fundraising for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election. Fang Fang’s influence on a member of the Intelligence Committee raised enough alarm among officials in the FBI that according to Axios, authorities presented Swalwell a “defensive briefing” on the issue.
Although federal officials told Axios that Fang Fang sexually manipulated at least two midwestern mayors in prior years, the question of a romantic relationship with Swalwell remains an open question. The Bay Area representative has refused to disclose the intimate details.
After an FBI briefing with congressional leadership, McCarthy declared Swalwell unfit to serve on the Intelligence Committee while Speaker Nancy Pelosi merely walked away from reporters.
“He should not be on Intel,” McCarthy said among his exit. “I just think there are definitely 200 other Democrats that I know could fill that place.”
The New York Times, however, the paper of “all the news that’s fit to print,” has refused to ever spill ink on the Swalwell story. The publication’s owners are heavily invested in Chinese interests.
Cawthorn is a freshman representative who likes attention. Swalwell is on the House Intelligence Committee and his conduct jeopardized national security. The two scandals don’t even compare.