Republican congressmen are badmouthing gay Rep. George Santos (R-NY) as he faces increasing scrutiny over his questionable recent statements and possible campaign finance violations.
On Monday, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) said, “[Santos] appears to be a bunny boiler,” a reference to a murderous stalker who boils a pet rabbit alive in the 1987 film Fatal Attraction. “He’s nutty as a fruitcake,” Kennedy continued, saying that he would kick Santos out of office if criminal allegations against the freshman legislator prove true.
On Tuesday, Santos responded to Kennedy’s comment, writing via Twitter, “I am saddened that a distinguished senator from the GOP, whom I’ve respected would use such derogatory language against me. Language like that is hurtful and divisive, and has no place in Congress.”
However, Kennedy isn’t the only Republican criticizing Santos.
On Sunday, Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the newly appointed Chairperson of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee said on CNN’s State of the Union, “Look, he’s a bad guy.” Comer said he hadn’t introduced himself to Santos “because, you know, it’s pretty despicable the lies that he tells.” Comer said that it’s up to Santos whether or not to resign (Santos has said he won’t). However, Comer added, “Certainly I don’t approve of how he made his way to Congress.”
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairperson of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said of Santos, “I don’t know how he got through the process, being such an imposter. I don’t know why his opponent didn’t bring this out in the election.”
Six Republican congresspeople from New York and the Nassau County Republican Party have all called on Santos to resign. Santos skipped a Monday night White House event welcoming congressional freshmen, hosted by President Joe Biden (D).
Recently, Santos admitted to being a drag queen after initially denying it. More recently, Santos claimed he was the victim of an assassination attempt. He also claimed that, in summer 2021, a robber took his shoes in broad daylight on Fifth Avenue, one of New York City’s busiest streets, but he has yet to produce a police report confirming this.
Santos also claimed in 2020 that he met deceased child trafficker and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Santos said that he believed Epstein could still be alive, even though Epstein died in August 2019.
In addition to numerous falsehoods in his personal and work history, Santos is under an ethics investigation for possibly violating campaign finance laws. He recently admitted that large amounts of money he claimed were “personal” loans to his campaign came from elsewhere. He also been accused of check fraud in Brazil and of stealing money designated for the medical care of a veteran’s dying dog.
There seem to be no public records confirming that Santos is married to the man he calls his husband.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recently said, “[Santos is] almost a joke; he’s become a punchline. He’s outrageous, and there’s no way he should be allowed to serve.”