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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday questioned why Republicans were ‘shocked’ by Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s claims that he’s been invited to orgies by fellow members of Congress and watched them do cocaine.
‘Not sure why Republicans are acting so shocked by Cawthorn’s alleged revelations about their party,’ the New York Democrat wrote on Twitter. ‘One of their members is being investigated for sex trafficking a minor and they’ve been pretty OK w/ that. They issued more consequences to members who voted to impeach Trump.’
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., is currently being investigated for sex trafficking allegations amid rumors of cocaine-fueled benders and prostitutes.
Ocasio-Cortez was quoting comments from Cawthorn’s fellow North Carolinian Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, who was irate at the lawmaker’s orgie claims. ‘I thought about the statement, if it’s true, then he’s got a lot of information to reveal. If it’s not true, then he’s guilty of being untruthful.’
Tillis went further in his criticism: ‘I thought it was a silly statement and it’s not the first one.’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday questioned why Republicans were ‘shocked’ by Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s claims that he’s been invited to orgies by fellow members of Congress and watched them do cocaine
Cawthorn, 26, was asked during an interview with the Warrior Poet Society how closely his experience on Capitol Hill aligns with the Netflix series, specifically its elements of ‘corruption, power, money and perversion’
Tillis then hinted that he thought North Carolinians in Cawthorn’s 11th district should vote him out.
‘At the end of the day, people in the district are going to have to vote for him and I would ask them to look at his record and ask what has he done since he’s been here,’ Tillis said. Asked what he thought Cawthorn has accomplished, Tillis said: ‘Not a lot in my opinion.’
Cawthorn, 26, was asked during an interview with the Warrior Poet Society how closely his experience on Capitol Hill aligns with the Netflix series, specifically its elements of ‘corruption, power, money and perversion.’
Cawthorn said that the her once heard a former president say the only thing that was unrealistic about the show was that Congress would ever be able to pass a piece of legislation that quickly, and he agreed with the sentiment.
‘The sexual perversion that goes on in Washington … being kind of a young guy in Washington where the average age is probably 60 or 70, I look at all these people – a lot of them who I’ve looked up to throughout my life … then all of a sudden you get invited to like, ‘well hey we’re going to have kind of a sexual get together at one of our homes. You should come,’ like, what did you just ask me to come to? And then you realize they’re asking you to come to an orgy.’
‘There’s some of the people that are leading the movement to try and remove addiction in our country and then you watch them doing, you know, a key bump of cocaine in front of you and it’s like wow, this is wild,’ he said.
The young congressman, a staunch conservative not known for his friends across the aisle, is seemingly accusing his fellow Republicans of the illicit behavior.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., is currently being investigated for sex trafficking allegations amid rumors of cocaine-fueled benders and prostitutes
Cawthorn was spotted leaving House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office Wednesday, one day after the California Republican said he would talk with Cawthorn about the remarks.
Politico reported Tuesday that Cawthorn’s Republican colleagues stood up and aired their grievances during a closed-door House GOP conference meeting earlier in the day, complaining that the North Carolina Republican made party members out to be sexual deviants and drug users.
CNN reported that colleagues wanted Cawthorn to name names because his comments could otherwise unfairly malign the whole party.
The 65-year-old Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack told the group that he rarely speaks up during the weekly meetings, but did so Tuesday because he’s getting questions from constituents about Cawthorn’s claims of orgies and drug use, Politico said.
Womack remarked that many lawmakers go to bed at 9 p.m. and use flip phones and fax machines, calling it inappropriate that Cawthorn would paint his Congressional peers with a broad brush.
Sen. Richard Burr, the senior Republican senator from North Carolina, was asked by CNN about Cawthorn’s job performance.
‘That’s for his constituents to figure out but clearly he’s been an embarrassment at times,’ Burr replied.
Meanwhile, the investigation into Gaetz, 39, includes lurid allegations made by his friend that the congressman snorted cocaine and had sex with an escort, who was paid taxpayers money for a separate role that involved no work.
The existence of the investigation first became public last March, when The New York Times reported that investigators were examining whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old in 2019 and paid for her to travel with him.
The inquiry had been underway for several months before it became public.
Gaetz first came to investigators’ attention because of his his friendship with a former Florida tax collector, Joel Greenberg, described as his ‘wingman’, who last year pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud and sexual offenses.
Greenberg told investigators that Gaetz and at least two other men had sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl.
He has told them that they both gave women cash and gifts in exchange for sex.
Greenberg pleaded guilty to identity theft, stalking, wire fraud, conspiracy to bribe a public official and sex trafficking of a minor.
He also reportedly revealed that Gaetz paid prostitute Megan Zalonka after a cocaine-fueled party at a Trump fundraiser.
The escort and amateur Instagram model was Gaetz’s date in October 2019 at the Trump Defender Gala in Orlando.
She is said to have been paid up to $15,000 of taxpayers money by Greenberg after he hired her for a social media manager job in Seminole County, Florida, that did not require Zalonka to do any work, a new report claims.
After the gala, an after-party was held in Gaetz’s hotel room, The Daily Beast reported.