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The Daily Santos: Vol. 3
The gift that keeps on giving.
Things have been busy here at The Handbasket, with the Daily Santos report already (like George) rising to national prominence. Wednesday night, I stopped by Chris Hayes’ MSNBC show to talk about the country’s preeminent fake volleyball star and Santos’ many financial entanglements. I also published an MSNBC column about what it’s like being someone who grew up in his district, and the hilarious dishonesty of local Republicans calling for his head.
i talked to @chrislhayes about george santos and explained long island bat mitzvah culture
— . (@MarisaKabas)
Jan 12, 2023
And still, the news about the man who puts the con in congressman keeps rolling. Here’s the latest…
The money trail
We’re starting to get closer to understanding exactly how Santos got that $700k cash infusion into his campaign, with a new New York Times investigation taking a deep dive into a company called Redstone Strategies. If that sounds like the name of a fake Republican firm created for Veep, that’s because it very well may be. Per the story, donors were pressured by the candidate to donate before Election Day to Redstone, with assurances that it was a totally kosher type of donation. But it looks like Santos may have—gasp!—lied.
If you didn’t realize “experters” was a word, that makes two of us. But as it seems with so many things close to this campaign, it’s not clear if the maneuvers with Redstone were illegal or just incredibly shady.
Two peas on a pod
Wednesday and Thursday marked a bit of a sea change in Santos’ response to the nonstop scrutiny: folks, he’s getting feisty! After former Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger tweeted for Santos to resign, George shot back with a zinger.
Go on @CNN and cry about it
— George Santos (@MrSantosNY)
Jan 11, 2023
It’s giving Jim Jordan, with a hint of Stefanik.
But the ‘tude didn’t end there. He stopped by Steve Bannon’s podcast on Thursday where Congressman Matt Gaetz was in the interviewer’s seat, and had (to use a Jew-ish phrase) the chutzpah to say “I’ve lived an honest life.” Gaetz was all too happy to kick off the Normalization of George Santos’ Sociopathy Tour, by saying essentially, aren’t all of us here in Congress just a little full of shit?
Matt Gaetz, guest hosting on Steve Bannon's 'War Room' podcast, tells George Santos that if people who lied about their resume weren't allowed to serve on congressional committees "we probably wouldn't be able to make quorum."
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR)
Jan 12, 2023
Hell hath no fury like a group chat scorned
A number of Santos’ former friends and acquaintances in New York, Florida and Brazil have started a Portuguese-language group chat called “Lies have short legs” where they commiserate about the terrible things he did to them. One woman, who in the past provided food and shelter for a needy Santos, said "he stole my life."
The woman, who says she helped pay for Santos to move to New York in 2011, claims he stole cash from her, and later ended up stealing jewelry from her that he had taken to supposedly keep safe.
Meanwhile in Brazil
Though this is an American political story, it obviously has deep ties to Brazil where Santos once lived and where he’s still wanted for a crime. Now Brazilian media is digging into his past, too, and sharing new revelations before American media. In typical George fashion, the new nuggets are nuts.
Per Mother Jones:
He was also described by a pharmacist who knew him as a “pathological liar.”
A work of fiction
George’s resume has been published, and it reflects the story he’s told—which is to say it doesn’t reflect reality. Feast your eyes on this:
Phew. That’s all for today.
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