Trump rally goers believe Cawthorn’s orgy claim: “Why make this up?”


Attendees at former President Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina on Saturday said they believed GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s claim that prominent figures in Washington, D.C., had invited him to a “orgy” and had used cocaine in front of him.

In a March interview with Society of Warrior Poets, Cawthorn said the executives he “admired” invited him to an “orgy” and gave him a “puff of cocaine” while he watched. The North Carolina Republican argued that the popular Netflix show Card castle, which features the fictional story of a corrupt political couple in Washington, is broadly representative of reality in the nation’s capital.

Cawthorn received backlash and condemnation from fellow GOP lawmakers in Congress, who dismissed the claims. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, met with Cawthorn and later told reporters that Cawthorn had exaggerated and said things that were untrue. McCarthy claimed “he didn’t tell the truth” and that Cawthorn had “lost” his confidence.

Despite the scandal, Trump welcomed the GOP lawmaker with open arms to speak at his rally in Selma. Those present also expressed strong support for the Republican congressman, with some saying they believed his claims about how Washington, DC works.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump at a Saturday rally in North Carolina said they believed claims by GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina that he was invited to an ‘orgy’ by the Washington, DC elite. Above, Cawthorn speaks at a Trump rally on April 9 in Selma, North Carolina.
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“I don’t think he’s lying,” rally participant Karen Mitchell told The Daily Beast. “Why invent that?” Mitchell said lawmakers were unhappy with Cawthorn because they “don’t want anyone to know what they’re doing.”

Dylan Franklin, another attendee, appeared to dismiss the controversy, suggesting it was no big deal. “It’s murky water, especially in DC,” he told The Daily Beast. “I don’t know what to believe these days.” Franklin also said, “I really like him,” referring to Cawthorn. “He’s the new wave we need in America.”

Bruce Wilson, a 20-year-old business student in attendance, told the digital publication that Cawthorn was “on the same pedestal” as Trump.

While the North Carolina Republican received substantial backlash from fellow lawmakers in Congress, other prominent conservatives expressed support for him and his remarks. Trump ally and right-wing strategist Roger Stone repeatedly insisted Cawthorn was telling the truth and did not change his story when he spoke to McCarthy.

“Congresswoman Madison Cawthorn just told me that he has NOT retracted his claims about sex-fueled orgies among DC’s elites. Why would anyone believe anything said by RINO Kevin McCarthy or repeated by CNN?” Stone wrote in a Telegram message to his followers. The prominent curator is well known for promoting conspiracy theories and misinformation.

Stone later reiterated the same claim in an interview with Information wars. “I can tell you firsthand that these parties are happening. I can tell you that they are still happening. I can tell you that Madison Cawthorn told me yesterday that he had not retracted what he had said.”

McCarthy “heard about it. It caused some outrage,” Lauren Witzke, who unsuccessfully ran as a Republican for the Delaware Senate in the 2020 election, said in an interview with The Stew Peters Show. “It bothers some people in the GOP that Madison Cawthorn has the audacity to speak out for people who go to orgies, who sniff drugs, and who rape children that they are.”

Notably, Cawthorn did not allege in his recent interview that he witnessed or knew about the sexual exploitation of minors by Washington, DC elites.

In an April 1 statement, Cawthorn said, “My comments on a recent podcast appearance calling for corruption have been used by the left and the media to disparage my fellow Republicans and falsely insinuate their involvement in illicit activity.”

At the Trump rally on Saturday, the former president spoke very favorably of the GOP congressman. “He loves his country and he loves his state, and I’ll tell you he’s respected everywhere,” the former president said. “He has a big voice, Madison Cawthorn.” Trump had previously endorsed him for re-election in March last year.

A recent poll suggests the freshman Rep is well-positioned to return to the House for a second term. An internal memo reported by Caroline Diary last week, a poll highlighted by Cawthorn’s main GOP rival. It showed the incumbent Republican having a 20-point lead, although that lead has shrunk somewhat from March’s 32 points.


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