Rep. George Santos (RN.Y.) appeared to tell reporters on Saturday that he was dressed in cross-dressing, but insisted he was never a cross-dresser.
“No, I wasn’t a drag queen in Brazil, guys. I was young and I was having fun at a festival. Sue me for having a life,” Santos told reporters at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, according to CNN.
A Brazilian drag performer recently told journalists that Santos, who is gay, performed in Brazil as a drag queen named Kitara. She provided a photo of herself with another person in cross-dressing who she said was Santos at a parade in Rio de Janeiro.
In a tweet last weekSantos said the suggestion that he was a drag performer was “categorically false”.
However, it appears that Santos himself confirmed more than a decade ago that he performed as a transvestite as a teenager in Brazil, Politico reported. According to a 2011 Wikipedia article written by a user named Anthony Devolder – one of Santos’ aliases – Devolder began his “stage life at age 17 as [a] gay nightclub DRAG QUEEN.”
The embattled legislator is subject to multiple investigations at the federal and local levels as the number of background falsehoods he sold to voters continues to grow. He has admitted to lying about his work experience, heritage and education and is also under investigation for alleged campaign finance violations.
While Republicans in Congress have done little to punish the legislature for the lies he told to get elected, acting as a drag queen could cause a stir within the party, whose members have targeted drag performers as part of their anti-LGBTQ hate campaign.
Reporters on Saturday also questioned Santos about his claim that his mother was in the South Tower of the World Trade Center during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Records show that she was in Brazil at the time and died in 2016.
According to CNN, Santos ignored the questions and lashed out at reporters for asking them.