He just won’t apologize!
Scott Cawthon has confirmed a report that he made significant contributions to Republican political action committees and candidates including Devin Nunes, Ben Carson, Mitch McConnell, and Donald Trump, and said that he’s prepared to “get cancelled” and retire from the Five Nights community if people believe that he’s doing more harm to it than good.
Some of Cawthon’s publicly available donation records were shared on Twitter on June 10, and can also be seen at opensecrets.org. It’s Republican across the board, except for a $2,500 donation to Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, and along with a large slate of individual candidates also includes the WinRed PAC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Reaction to the tweets was largely negative, particularly among members of the LGBTQ+ community, which makes up a significant portion of the Five Nights fan base.
Cawthon acknowledged that disappointment in a message posted to Reddit earlier today, in which he confirmed that the donation reports are accurate.
“To say that the last few days have been surreal would be an understatement,” he wrote. “I’ve debated greatly how best to address this, including not addressing it at all, but with so many people from the LGBT community in the fanbase that I love, that’s not an option.
“I’d like to think that the last seven years would have given me the benefit of the doubt in regards to how I try to treat people, but there I was, trending on twitter for being a homophobe, getting doxed, with people threatening to come to my house. My wife is six weeks pregnant and she spent last night in fear because of what was being said online. She has already been struggling with her pregnancy so seeing her so afraid really scared me. All this because I exercised my right, and my duty, as an American citizen, to vote for and support the candidates who I felt could best run the country, for everyone, and that’s something that I won’t apologize for.”
Cawthon said the candidates he supported included “men, women, white people, black people, republicans, and democrats,” and he specifically defended his backing of Kimberly Klacik (“I believed that she really cared for the African American community there and wanted to pull them out of poverty”) and Tulsi Gabbard, who he says he felt “would have been a good and fair president” even though he disagreed with her on specific policies.
He also commented on what is no doubt the most controversial part of the report, his support of then-president Donald Trump.
“I felt he was the best man to fuel a strong economy and stand up to America’s enemies abroad, of which there are many,” he wrote. “Even if there were candidates who had better things to say to the LGBT community directly, and bigger promises to make, I believed that their stances on other issues would have ended up doing much greater harm to those communities than good.”