Cawthorn Issues 8-Minute Video: I’m No “Drag Queen”

The Independent reports:

US Representative Madison Cawthorn released a new video defending himself after a series of negative stories, saying the media is unfairly attacking the North Carolina freshman. Particularly, Mr Cawthorn criticised Politico, which published photos of him wearing lingerie.

“This article is pushing some kind of ludicrous narrative that I’m some sort of drag queen on the side, aside from being a congressman,” he said. “And really, this is just poor journalism, and I’m not surprised. It is Politico after all – not exactly the same journalistic standards as Fox or Newsmax.”

Raleigh’s NBC News affiliate reports:

A political group whose primary focus is unseating U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn released a graphic video Wednesday showing Cawthorn naked and simulating a sex act near someone he describes as a friend. Cawthorn acknowledged the video, which was released by American Muckrakers PAC, a political group that runs the Fire Madison Cawthorn website.

He addressed a recent citation he received for bringing a loaded gun to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

“I love and defend the Second Amendment as a man in a wheelchair who faces death threats,” he said. “… I carry a weapon almost all the time. Obviously, though, I made a mistake. I forgot to disarm before I went through a TSA checkpoint. That’s my bad, and I have to own that one.”