Rep. Cawthorn says he's been invited to orgies, watched lawmakers do cocaine during time in D.C.

Congressman's comment came in response to question about how life in Washington compares to its portrayal in TV show "House of Cards."

Updated: March 29, 2022 - 3:41pm

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Freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn says that during his roughly 14 months in Washington, D.C., he has been invited to orgies and fellow lawmakers have done cocaine in front of him.

The North Carolina Republican made the comments on a recent episode of "Warrior Poet Society" podcast.

Cawthorn discussed the ways in which political life in Washington, D.C., compares to the TV show "House of Cards." 

Just before the four-minute mark of the episode, Cawthorn said that during his time in government, lawmakers to whom he has looked up throughout his life have invited him to orgies.

"I look at all 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 the sudden you get invited to: 'Well hey we’re going to have kind of a sexual get-together at one of our homes, you should come,'" the first-term congressman told host John Lovell.

"I’m like: 'What did you just ask me to come to?'" Cawthorn continued. "Then you realize they are asking you to come to an orgy."

Cawthorn then remarked that some of the people who are "leading on the movement to try and remove addiction in our country" have done illicit drugs in front of him. "You watch them do, you know, a key bump of cocaine right in front of you and it’s like 'Wow, this is wild,'" he said.

Cawthorn's marriage ended after just eight months, with he and his ex-wife acknowledging the difficult transition to public life.