Out Rep. George Santos (R-NY) isn’t even trying to pretend like he supports all LGBTQ+ people anymore.
The mendacious lawmaker retweeted an insult about transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney’s appearance.
“Progressives complaining that Barbie doesn’t represent what real women look like,” the tweet says in one column above an image of a Barbie doll.
“Progressives claiming this actually represents what real women look like,” it says above an image of Mulvaney from early in her transition.
Mulvaney is a woman, so whatever she looks like is what a real woman looks like. The joke for the right, though, is based on the idea that trans women aren’t real women and are trying to imitate cisgender women.
This mockery of women’s appearances isn’t always targeted at trans women; even cis women who are tall or have short haircuts can get accused of not being real women since there is no one way to look like a woman.
Mulvaney is currently the right’s favorite trans person to hate. She has been under constant attack from transphobes since last week when Bud Light sent her a custom beer can with her face on it and she put it in an Instagram video. Conservatives have said that they’re switching to Coors Light in protest of her getting the corporate sponsorship, and other Republican members of Congress have joined in the Two Minutes Hate.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) also got mad at Mulvaney for getting a Nike sponsorship, and this comes a month after the right lost its collective mind over an interview Mulvaney did with Drew Barrymore where Barrymore praised Mulvaney’s bravery in sharing the early stages of her transition on social media and they both ended up on the floor together.
Santos is one of 11 out LGBTQ+ members of the House of Representatives and the only one who is a Republican. He is also the only one who is not a member of the Congressional Equality Caucus, and the only one who supports anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.
On Twitter, one commenter pointed to Santos’s own past as a drag performer.
Just before he retweeted the mean joke, Santos tweeted, “I stand with Riley Gaines,” with the hashtag “#ProtectWomenSports.”
Gaines is a former University of Kentucky swimmer who tied with transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas for fifth place at a competition last year. Gaines appeared in several major Republican candidates’ campaign ads last year as an anti-trans activist, telling people to vote Republican because it was “heartbreaking and somber” to share fifth place with a trans woman.
The four cisgender swimmers who beat them both in that race, though, have not taken the same political path as Gaines.
Santos himself lied about his own past in college athletics, claiming, according to local Republicans, to have been a “star” volleyball player. He even said that he had a volleyball scholarship when he attended Baruch College in New York and that he had to get double knee replacement surgery because he pushed himself so hard as an athlete.
In reality, he never attended Baruch.