Madison Cawthorn, GOP Slammed for Cocaine, Orgy Claims in Pro-Weed Speech

Maryland Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin slammed North Carolina Representative Madison Cawthorn and the Republican Party on Friday after Cawthorn's claims about cocaine use and orgies earlier this week.

While speaking on the House floor about federally decriminalizing marijuana, Raskin said, "I concede our party is not for the kind of cocaine-fueled orgies that a freshman Republican representative bragged about this week."

"But we do understand that their marijuana prohibition laws don't work for our people," Raskin added.

The comments by Raskin comes just a few days after Cawthorn claimed during an interview that leaders in Washington D.C. invited him to parties where orgies and cocaine use took place.

"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," Cawthorn said during an interview with the Warrior Poet Society podcast last Thursday. "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.'"

"What did you just ask me to come to?' And then you realize they're asking you to come to an orgy," Cawthorn added during the interview.

Additionally, Cawthorn also said that he has seen some unnamed politicians do "a key bump of cocaine."

A few days after the comments, Cawthorn met with Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who said that Cawthorn. admitted that some of his claims were "exaggerated."

"You can't make statements like that as a member of Congress, it affects everybody else and the country as a whole," McCarthy said after meeting with Cawthorn, Politico's Olivia Beavers reported.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, McCarthy said that Cawthorn lost his "trust" following the allegations.

"He's going to have to earn it back," McCarthy said.

Newsweek previously reported how McCarthy faced backlash for issuing a stronger response to Cawthorn's claims compared to how he handled an incident where Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene attended a white nationalist event in February. In response to Greene's attendance at the event, McCarthy said "she will not go again," but no further action was taken.

In addition to his comments regarding Cawthorn's remarks and the Republican Party, Raskin also spoke about legislation to decriminalize marijuana on a federal level. The legislation was passed by the House on Friday in a 220-204 vote, with just two Democrats voting against.

Newsweek reached out to both Raskin and Cawthorn for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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North Carolina Republican Representative Madison Cawthorn was criticized on Friday for previous claims he made about being invited to orgies and seeing unnamed politicians use cocaine in front of him. Above, Cawthorn is seen before the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on March 1, 2022 in Washington, DC. Pool/Getty