The Madison Cawthorn Horror Picture Show


Madison Cawthorn is one of those Republican assholes who champions toxic masculinity. One of his major concerns as a United States congressman, other than pushing debunked conspiracy theories, is the ongoing threat to masculinity. He’s expressed public concern that men aren’t manly enough. He’s probably a big fan of Tucker Carlson’s ball-tanning theory.

Last year, Madison Cawthorn said, “our culture today is trying to completely de-masculate (sic) all of the young men they don’t want people who are going to stand up”.
Calling out to mothers, who he said are the “most vicious” conservatives, “If you are raising a young man, please raise them to be a monster”.
Cawthorn accused liberal politicians of “trying to make everyone genderless, sexless, and just absolutely Godless”, and declared Americans “want our culture back, and if you want to stand in the way of that, we will run you over.”

On the floor of the House, Cawthorn accused Democrats of waging a “war on biology,” saying, “Your left-wing movement is forcing children to endure radical expressions of sexuality. And yet, you can’t even define what a woman is. You might amend the bill, but you’ll never amend biology.”

In a podcast, he said, “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 designed to reclaim and restore masculinity in a society that is ever more dismissive of what it means to be a man.”

I would totally respect Madison Cawthorn if he had made any of those statements while wearing lingerie.

There’s nothing wrong with being a cross-dresser. It doesn’t freak me out nearly as much as Civil War reenactors. Being a cross-dresser is not a sign of your sexual affiliation. You can be straight or gay as a cross-dresser. Though you may not fit the conventional image, you can be as manly as the next guy, even if you’re a cross-dresser. I don’t care if you do that. You do you and more power to you for it. I respect people who are who they want to be. What I don’t respect are hypocrites.

Photos have emerged of Madison Cawthorn wearing lingerie at what appears to be a party, though I’m sure it’s not one of those “orgies” he claimed Washington Republicans have been inviting him to.

Politico, the news outlet that obtained the photos, said it couldn’t verify the legitimacy, but Cawthorn sent out a tweet that did.

Cawthorn tweeted, “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.”

Cawthorn is blaming the “left” for finding the photos and he’s trying to change the subject. It’s like saying, “Yeah, that’s me wearing women’s panties in that picture but speaking of pictures, did you see that Bears game last night?”

The hypocrisy here is that in his campaign to be the youngest and stupidest member of Congress, he has championed himself as the Christian candidate. Politico wrote that he “has staked his political persona on arch-traditional Christian principles and the insistence of the importance of a kind of hypermasculinity.”

Madison is talking too much about masculinity the same way Tucker’s talking too much about testicles. There’s nothing wrong with that, but don’t claim you’re a champion of heterosexuality then try to have a two-hour conversation with your best friend about ball sacks. The extent of one man talking to another about testicles shouldn’t last longer than saying, “how’s it hanging?” That’s a rhetorical question, by the way.

This is just another embarrassing reason for Republicans to ditch Cawthorn, which is something they want to do. The Republican Party wants Madison Cawthorn defeated and out of Congress. He’s from a conservative district in North Carolina so their numbers in the House won’t be threatened. Plus, Ron DeSantis is drawing congressional maps that will more than make up the loss of Cawthorn’s seat if it actually does go to a Democrat.

But while the Qanon fucknut base loves Madison, as he’s fed their crazy conspiracies about election fraud and pedophiles, the party leadership wants him out and they’re putting money into it.

A super PAC affiliated with North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis just dumped over $300,000 into a new ad targeting Cawthorn titled, “Madison Cawthorn’s Lies.” The video calls Cawthorn an “attention-seeking embarrassment” to the Republican Party. It goes on to say, “Madison Cawthorn lies for the limelight,” and “Cawthorn will lie about anything.” This is from his own party.

Madison is an embarrassment on the same level as Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, and Matt Gaetz, who may have given Cawthorn the lingerie as a gift. They kinda have their own little caucus of right-wing flame throwers engaged in conspiracy theories while having no interest in actual legislation. In fact, Cawthorn told his Republican colleagues he’d rather be a messenger than a legislator writing, “I have built my staff around comms rather than legislation.”

But stuff like visiting Hitler’s vacation home, referring to him as the “Fuhrer,” and saying it was something on his bucket list might appeal to the goose-steppers who attacked the Capitol for Trump, but it’s not the attention the leadership wants. Neither does creating a website attacking a journalist by accusing him of leaving academia “to work for non-white males, like Cory Booker, who aims to ruin white males running for office.” Calling Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug” at the start of Russia’s invasion doesn’t help either. But what probably pushed Republicans like Thom Tillis over the edge were the orgy claims.

Last month, Cawthorn went on a podcast and talked about “the sexual perversion that goes on in Washington.” He claimed he’s been invited to Washington orgies and has even seen lawmakers snort cocaine. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise met with Cawthorn for a private scolding. McCarthy later told reporters that Cawthorn admitted to him and Scalise that he had lied. McCarthy said, “He changes what he tells and that’s not becoming of a congressman. He did not tell the truth and that’s unacceptable.” McCarthy said he had told Cawthorn that “He’s lost my trust. He’s going to have to earn it back.”

McCarthy also claimed to his colleagues he told Donald Trump that he bore responsibility for the white nationalist terrorist attack on the Capitol and that Trump had accepted it, and then later claimed no such conversation ever happened before audio recordings revealed he did tell his colleagues that.

Cawthorn is a liar, but so is McCarthy. None of these goons have my trust.

Republicans don’t mind if you lie. They only mind if you lie about the wrong things. It’s almost as bad as telling the truth. They hate that.

Being a cross-dresser might be the one redeeming value of Madison Cawthorn. Everything else about the guy is vile horse excrement that even flies avoid and his constituents should want better. If they continue to vote for this slime in lingerie and wheels, they don’t deserve better.

Cross-dressing is fine, but don’t talk about a “war on biology” and your manly manliness while wearing your mom’s panties.

Creative note: I actually learned about this issue from yesterday’s blog. One of you guys left a comment surprised that I didn’t do a cartoon on it. First, I published yesterday’s blog before Politico reported the story. Second, thank you. Do you know how often I learn of news from the comments? Never. Sure, I would have heard of this sometime today, but it was nice to get a jump on it.

Music Note: I was watching CNN while drawing this so no cartoon music today. However, I did have “Sweet Transvestite” from the Rocky Horror Picture Show stuck in my head during this. I actually went to a showing of Rocky Horror back in the 80s. No, I didn’t dress up.

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  1. His given name is David Madison Cawthorn. At first, I thought that maybe he used his middle name because he was a Junior and wanted to avoid being confused with his father, but his dad’s name is Roger, so I was left to conclude that he calls himself “Madison” because it sounds snootier than “Dave”. I have a tendency to mistust people who use their middle names – people like Addison Mitchell McConnell – because I think middle names have only two purposes: to pacify grandparents and to give parents a means to let their kids know when they’re in real trouble.

    In the case of David Cawthorn, though, his use of “Madison” is totally in line with his being a poseur, another self-aggrandizing narcissist that would have been laughed off the ballot were it not for Trump.

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  2. Once again, a Republican talking against what they do out of public view. Publicly Cawthorn hates cross-dressers becsuse privately he knows he loves to prance around in silky see-through things. My oh my oh my! Busted again!


  3. Nice job again showing the hypocrisy of a Republican… Ashley Madison Cawthorn, moms underwear and all! Their outfit-clashing “Don’t Say Gay” tepid moral turpitude is brilliantly captured again Clay. This is why you are my Number 1 go to cartoonist in North America!

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  4. Too bad he just can’t stand up for himself as everyone looks down to him – his disability is his own fault but plays it for money – vote BLUE in 22. Cheers


  5. I hope you saw the original 1975 movie, not the [horrors!] 2016 remake. And at a Midnight Showing, complete with dressed-up participants and audience participation (which most theaters had to ban). It’s now the longest-continuously-running movie of all time.

    My first viewing (of ‘only’ 13) was in 1975, almost at its début. I saw the play in London in 1980, but Tim Curry was no longer a cast member, obviously.

    My fave scene –

    Interestingly, I found every scene on YT, except that of The Professor at the end. I wonder why that is.

    BTW, Tim Curry is/was a wonderful singer and has several albums out, which have [finally] become available on CD.

    (I have to admit my woeful ignorance here – I never realized ’til Clay’s drawing of him as The Professor that Crawley was in a wheelchair; I thought only Gov [sic] Abbott of Texas was. Hubby informed me that Crawley told all sorts of lies about his disability, West Point application, Paralympics participation, etc.)

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    1. I didn’t know there was a remake, thankfully. This is the original. It wasn’t at midnight, but it was complete with people dressed up and audience participation. Hubby and another guy were going back and forth with the a.p. lines, showing me that there IS another one like him in the world. lol


      1. In the remake, Tim Curry plays The Criminologist; I can’t figure out how he shows the audience how to do the Time Warp, as he (TC) has been wheelchair-bound since his stroke in 2012. I’d’ve thought he’d be The Professor, but what do *I* know?

        All purses and backpacks were searched at the Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee, after a few times of having to replace the screen, due to [messy] audience participation. No more sneaking in toast, squirt guns, etc.

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    2. It’s one thing for local community theater to put on the original play, of course. But movie remakes don’t seem to get the “magic” that makes an original movie or TV show into a cult favorite. Like people have been discussing over on a Dark Shadows blog…..


  6. Well, if y’all don’t hear from me/read me for a while, it’s ’cause I’ve been jailed.

    I hear you ask, Why would a 73-year-old white woman be arrested?

    Here’s why . . .

    I live in Florida.

    I live next to a cop.

    I was singing to one of my (three) dogs this morning, a song from West Side Story . . .

    You’re so pretty
    Oh, so pretty
    You’re so pretty and witty and . . . gay.

    I guess West Side Story won’t be playing in any Florida theaters any time soon – can you imagine the arrests??

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  7. . . . And does this mean Doonesbury and Non Sequitur can’t be in any newspapers . . . ?

    . . . and . . .

    Can you imagine the uproar if editors/owners/etc. of any Florida newspaper that published these today were to be dragged out of their offices and arrested? Let the fun begin . . .

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  8. Andréa – I remember seeing great big runny stains on the Oriental screen; that was back when they used to run midnight showings every Saturday; now it’s only once a month. The place hasn’t been the same since it ceased to be a Landmark theater…did you ever go look one of the Buddhas in the eye?

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