“The sick individuals spreading wild conspiracy theories about Congressman Cawthorn in the wake of his deeply personal divorce announcement are hateful and unwell. We’re not dignifying this baseless narrative with any further response.” – Cawthorn spox Luke Ball.
Raleigh’s NBC News affiliate reports:
North Carolina congressman Madison Cawthorn is back in the national spotlight for his story about a Russian casino and a fake fitness competition.
Some on social media turned immediately to speculation about whether Cawthorn had been the target of a Russian “honeypot” operation, an espionage tactic in which an agent uses seduction for access. Cawthorn mocked those commenters as “conspiracy theorists.”
Speculation aside, Cawthorn’s story itself raises a lot of questions. When did this all happen? Who did he travel with? Which casino? And who was Captain Todd?
Left-wing losers still bitter over their debunked Russia Hoax are spreading lies about me.
They love to slam “conspiracy theories.” They are the true conspiracy theorists.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) December 27, 2021
Madison Cawthorn’s divorce just went from boring information to national security concern in about 77 seconds of interview time with the Daily Caller.
This does not sound a normal meet-cute story whatsoever.
Very few of these stories involving Russia are.pic.twitter.com/Iw0gajXYhw
— Grant Stern is boosted! (@grantstern) December 27, 2021
Madison Cawthorn claims to have met an operative at a St. Petersburg, Russia casino who set him up with his now ex-wife
Prob with this story?
Russia banned casinos in 2009
He must’ve gone to a shady mob-run club where the govt can collect kompromat on dumb foreigners like him
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) December 27, 2021
Madison Cawthorn met his fake wife at a fake Crossfit tournament set up by a guy he met at a fake casino in St. Petersburg. It’s the kind of fairytale that makes more sense in the original Russian.
— Richard Hine (@richardhine) December 27, 2021
PS/ Nothing in Cawthorn’s story adds up—from the boat ride to St. Petersburg to the availability of casinos there to the fake cross-fit competition to a U.S. Army captain randomly appearing in Cawthorn’s path in Russia.
Remember: Cawthorn is a known liar. https://t.co/1XvuJhD1fr
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) December 27, 2021