Serial liar and out-gay GOP Rep. George Santos enjoyed his first State Of The Union address yesterday evening. Santos rushed to join the chorus from other far-right Republicans in accusing President Joe Biden of lying. After the speech, Santos took to Twitter with a ballroom reference.
“SOTU category is: GASLIGHTING!” he said.
“The category is…” was a line routinely delivered by Billy Porter as Pray Tell in the drama, Pose.
“Gaslighting” is a term for someone who tries to convince another person that a truth is a falsehood.
Biden’s speech dwelled heavily on his administration’s accomplishments. The President rammed home the message that he wants to “finish the job”, despite Republicans now controlling the US House.
However, in a more raucous speech than usual, representatives such as Marjorie Taylor Greene (who brought along a prop white balloon), heckled Biden as a liar.
Greene was reacting to Biden stating, “Instead of making the wealthy pay their fair share, some Republicans — some Republicans want Social Security and Medicare to sunset.”
Greene objected to this claim.
Possibly the single best moment of any State of the Union ever. Absolutely masterful. pic.twitter.com/AFoeY73NzS
— MeidasTouch (@MeidasTouch) February 8, 2023
Santos echoed Greene. He said, “False. Republicans do not want to cut Social Security or Medicare.”
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Democrats fire back at Santos
Santos is under multiple investigations for his lies and campaign finances. His accusations against Biden did not go down well online.
Gay, Democratic Rep. Ritchie Torres (NY) fired back, “Gaslighting is a George Santos specialty.”
Santos responded, “Stop obsessing over me: I’m married.”
.@RitchieTorres stop obsessing over me, I’m married! https://t.co/7KCEm9otPM
— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) February 8, 2023
Although photos appeared online of Santos and his supposed fiancé in 2020, journalists have so far failed to track down a marriage license for George Anthony Devolder Santos.
This begs the question: Is Santos actually married?
Former congressman turned political commentator, Mondaire Jones, told Santos, “Please don’t ruin Pose for us.”
Santos responded with a catty comeback.
Someone is trying to stay relevant… 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/mwYZyUQsi9
— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) February 8, 2023
Others were quick to criticize Santos.
If anyone knows Gaslighting, it’s George Santos!
— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) February 8, 2023
Remember when you were drag queen but claimed you weren’t?
Category is: Super-gaslighting.
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) February 8, 2023
Hope you enjoy one of your last acts in office, Georgie – listening to President Biden destroy your cult, live, to your face. #SOTU
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) February 8, 2023
Mitt Romney calls George Santos a “sick puppy”
Whilst on the floor of the house, Santos also had a run-in with GOP Senator Mitt Romney.
The Utah lawmaker passed Santos but did not shake his hand.
Thank you Mitt Romney for standing up to George Santos at the State of the Union. pic.twitter.com/PNJra9eCuA
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) February 8, 2023
Afterward. Romney told reporters, “I don’t know the exact words I said. He shouldn’t have been there. Look, he’s a sick puppy. He shouldn’t have been there.
“I don’t think he ought to be in Congress and he certainly shouldn’t be in the aisle trying to shake the hand of the president of the United States and dignitaries coming in. It’s an embarrassment.”
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It appears Santos (admittedly not the most credible of witnesses) could recall the exchange. He recounted it to political reporter Kadia Goba. Goba tweeted it and Santos retweeted it.
Mitt: You don’t belong here.
Santos: Go tell that to the 142K that voted for me.
Mitt: You’re an ass.
Santos: You’re a much bigger a**hole.
Santos also took to Twitter to throw shade at Romney, telling him he would never be President.
Hey @MittRomney just a reminder that you will NEVER be PRESIDENT! https://t.co/ANxiQPxAua
— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) February 8, 2023
Fortunately for us, George Santos will never be President either (and nor will he ever likely be elected to anything else).
he is wrong the 142 million voted for someone else entirely – they voted for the jew who lost his mother on 9-11 and who took the money he raised from his animal charity and used it for animals. No George they did not vote for you
That is 142 K (thousand), not million, which would be more than half of the registered voters in the US!
On the bright side though: more than 70% of those who voted for him want him to resign, and he is being investigated for criminal campaign funding violations.
Unfortunately, I think that the Democratic Party wants Georgie to stick around. In the short term they think it will embarrass the Republicans (has that happened once throughout history?). But, In the long run, keeping Gorgie will only help and embolden Republicans into supporting more offensive liars.
History has a way of repeating itself (“I am not a crook” to “rising tides lift all boats” to “Saddam has WMD’s” to “It wasn’t Saudi Arabia, it was Afghanistan on 9/11, to tRump, to “I worked with wallstreet firms” (being sued by them IS working with them… kind of) – conservatives lie, it’s in their nature.
Let’s change history for the better by doing the right thing and ask our party to reject liars instead of playing games with them. Yes, that includes our own conservadem, who wrote a book saying that “… marriage will ALWAYS be between one man and one woman,” changing tunes only AFTER she needed queer votes. The same person supported DADT, DOMA and outsourcing jobs under NAFTA. She’s our own little log cabin baby who marched against The Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Yes, people change. But why support people who must change to get elected? Authenticity is important to this Democrat.
“Unfortunately, I think that the Democratic Party wants Georgie to stick around.”
Nothing could be further than the truth. Although many Democratic politicians were amused by the light he shed on the inherent dishonesty of the Republican party, most want it out.
However, Kevin M., the feckless Speaker of the House, has made it quite clear that he intends to keep Santos/Devolder in office because he knows a special election in his district would seat a Democrat in Devolder/Santos’ stead.
As for Hillary (who you seem to have a typical right wing obsession with), she has addressed her political changes as she matured in her writing and in interviews for the documentary on her. Saying she changed “to get elected” is a lie and pretty much everybody knows it. It is only the rabid right wing that is unable to understand the changes people with functioning intellect go through in their lives…the same reason why changes/advances in scientific theory or public health policy are such a mystery to them.
(want HIM out, not IT)
Oh, puhleez Den, Hilary Clintons opinions only changed with the flow of public opinion.
I lived through the nineties, bought the Clinton lies to the gay community during that time and watched with shock and awe and a few swift kicks to my own ass for ever having voted for them.
They lied as easily as they took a breath.
They did absolutely nothing they promised the gay community, and in most cases did the exact opposite of what they said they would do.
I could fill a room with gay veterans who got booted from the military because of Bill and Hilary’s homophobic DADT policy and don’t even get me started on DOMA, let alone either of their stances on same sex marriages.
These are NOT right wing talking points, they are the reality many of us liberals were forced to endure under their tenure.
They are corporate politicians to the core and your defense of them is disgusting.
It pleases me that Hillary lives in your head rent free.
The lack of self-awareness.
Let’s review the record, shall we, about the GOP’s desire and attempts to cut or eliminate or privatize Social Security and Medicare. Their outrage last night was pure theater, and I’m so glad President Biden didn’t cave or wilt in the face of their blatant lies and nonsense. Also, everything I list below can be Googled if you don’t believe me.
1) Republican Senator Rick Scott, who headed the GOP Senatorial campaign committee, presented a 12-point plan last year (2022) as part of the GOP platform in which he pushed to “sunset” all federal spending programs after five years, leaving them up to a Congressional vote. That very well would constitute cutting and eliminating Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Scott doubled down on his disastrous plan yesterday!
2) While some prominent Republicans like Mitch McConnell disagreed with Scott, others, like Republican Senator Ron Johnson, strongly supported Scott. Johnson pushed putting Social Security up for an annual vote!
3) Republican Senator Mike Lee, captured last night with a fake look of disbelief on his face, said in 2010 on videotape that “It will be my objective to phase out Social Security, to pull it up by the roots and get rid of it.”
4) Republican Senator Marco Rubio has repeatedly talked publicly about “entitlement reform,” which is right-wing code for cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
5) Republican Senator Lindsay Graham also is on tape talking about implementing “entitlement reform,” which would include cutting or privatizing Social Security, and cutting Medicare.
6) Republican former VP Mike Pence recently proposed privatizing Social Security, which would essentially eliminate it as we know it, and leave it to the vagaries of Wall Street, as opposed to retaining the protections it now has as a federal government program.
7) Last but not least, in 2005 Republican George W Bush took his slender victory over John Kerry as a “mandate” (from no one!) to try and propose partially privatizing Social Security. The result was outrage even among some Republicans and an ultimately failed policy.
There are others but the record is clear: President Biden was correct last night, George Anthony Devolder Santos Kitara Ravache was lying once again, gaslighting people with his lies, and we should all be vigilant about the GQP’s ultimate fascist goals, which would transform this country into a horror house version of itself.
This is a very dangerous Republican majority house who will gleefully use the debt ceiling ‘crisis’ to bring this country to its knees and further the cause of corporate oligarchy.
All anyone who wants to see how commercialization of former federal systems work out, just has to look at our current commercialized prison system.
Show of hands anyone believing that privatization has improved rehabilitation in any way shape or form?
All it has done is increased arrest rates to boost corporate profits.
this whole santos incident is too rich. just creamy goodness. simply cannot wait to watch it play out to it’s inevitable “dead zonian” conclusion.
The republican party and its elected members are ALL anti-American LIARS ,con artists and frauds. ALL of them. They’ll sell their grandmother down the river for power and $$$..That’s ALL they care about. What Americans NEED to do is DEMAND 1 term limits for Senators and Representatives. And REFORM their pension and retirement plans. Which are way different and way MORE generous than we’ll ever get. Biden OWNED the scum during his SOTU address. Of course they’ll have collective amnesia when it comes to the budget and Social Security and Medicare legislation. They have no souls nor any guilt !!! NONE Look at DeSantis – his eyes are just like Hitler’s – beady and evil. And Santos- she’s a pathological LIAR , con artist and outright crook. Today’s republicans!!