North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn needs a hug.
In the last few months, he’s been pulled over by police several times for speeding, driving with expired tags, and driving with a revoked license. He had to walk back some incendiary comments about being invited to participate in orgies by other Republican members of Congress.
But at least he still had his dignity. Until Friday.
Politico obtained photos of Cawthorn in women’s lingerie. The outlet says they received it from a source they refuse to identify any other way except someone “formerly close” to Cawthorn. They were confirmed as authentic by another source who was “formerly close” to Cawthorn.
— Eric Champnella (@champnella) April 22, 2022
There is no date on the photos. They are screenshots of the originals.
After this story published, Cawthorn tweeted that the photos were taken of him during a game on a cruise before he was elected to Congress. “I guess the left thinks goofy vacation photos during a game on a cruise (taken waaay before I ran for Congress) is going to somehow hurt me? They’re running out of things to throw at me… Share your most embarrassing vacay pics in the replies.”
Game or not, he has left himself wide open for his critics to pounce.
— Amanda Lee (@Amanda_incincy) April 23, 2022
I don’t care that Madison Cawthorn likes to wear lingerie in his free time. It doesn’t bother me, and it doesn’t affect me. If he wants to be playful with gender expression, it’s his life.
I do care that Madison Cawthorn attacks trans people and shames us for living our lives.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️⚧️🇺🇦 (@cmclymer) April 22, 2022
“Everyone must have a valid driver’s license to vote!”
— Roshan Rinaldi (@Roshan_Rinaldi) April 21, 2022
These are self-inflicted wounds and in Cawthorn’s case, they’re fatal.
Erick Ericson makes a valid — if totally irrelevant — point.
I remember when a Democrat congressman hired a male prostitute as an aide and the guy ran a prostitution service out of the congressman’s apartment and the DC politicos gave the Democrat a pass. This is nothing. https://t.co/BA3wSL2pmW
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) April 22, 2022
It’s not a question of what’s “true” or “right.” It’s a question of how it can be framed.
Take Hunter Biden for example.
— Otis Campbell (@bluebrand5) April 23, 2022
Whenever anything bad happened to Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, she shrugged off everything tragic with the simple observation, “Tomorrow is another day.”
That’s good advice for Cawthorn to follow as calls grow from friend and foe for the troubled Congressman to step down or drop out of the primary that’s taking place May 17.