The freshman lawmaker accused left-wing critics of running out of things to throw at him, saying Politico did not include the context for the images that apparently show him wearing lingerie. The photos were from a large scavenger hunt game on a cruise the congressman took before he ran for office, according to Cawthorn.
“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?” Cawthorn tweeted. “They’re running out of things to throw at me.”
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🤦♂️https://t.co/YicRk0Albu
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) April 22, 2022
Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, swiped at Cawthorn’s socially conservative values, calling the photographs “the end of men” in a tweet Friday.
Cawthorn has faced backlash within his own party after he accused members of the GOP of inviting him to orgies and cocaine-fueled parties. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Cawthorn lost his trust by putting out the wild allegations, saying there was no evidence Cawthorn’s statements were true.
“I told him you can’t make statements like that, as a member of Congress, that affects everybody else and the country as a whole,” McCarthy told reporters.
The North Carolina Republican later admitted his comments were exaggerated.
Cawthorn, who is running in his first reelection bid this year, has built a reputation for preaching Christian principles and traditional masculinity.
“I think that we have bred a generation of soft men, and that generation has created a lot of problems in our society and our culture,” Cawthorn said in March 2021 on a podcast “designed to reclaim and restore masculinity in a society that is ever more dismissive of what it means to be a man.”
The freshman lawmaker is no stranger to controversy, attracting backlash from both parties after he called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug,” accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of having a drinking problem, and was cited for multiple traffic violations.
Cawthorn faces a crowded GOP primary, set for next month, of seven Republicans who believe him to be a weak candidate.
The Washington Examiner reached out to Cawthorn for comment but did not receive a response by the time of publishing.