A new video emerged Thursday that appears to show Republican Rep. George Santos of New York speaking about his participation in drag shows in Brazil, according to an explosive report.
Video obtained by the New York Post allegedly shows Santos speaking in Portuguese and listing the venues where he gave “presentations” — all prominent drag venues in Rio de Janeiro.
It was reportedly recorded at a 2005 pride parade in a suburb of Rio.
“I do presentations at 1940 in Jacarepagua, I do Cascadura, I also did Cabaret Casanova in Gloria and I did one at Le Boy,” he reportedly said.
Santos goes on to praise the LGBTQ event as “well, well organised”.
“I really love it,” he added.
He told the Post in reference to the video, “Absolutely wrong and just another piece of crap from the pile I’m dealing with.”
The video reportedly shows Santos in a black dress while speaking about the local Pride parade
The beleaguered New York Republican denied two unseemly allegations Thursday morning amid questions mounting about the freshman lawmaker’s unraveling backstory.
He called claims that he “performed” as a drag queen named Kitara in Brazil around 2008 “false,” while calling allegations that he cheated a disabled veteran out of medical dollars for his ailing dog “insane.”
Santos, who is under mounting pressure to resign as details of his backstory continue to emerge, has been identified in a 15-year-old photograph showing two drag queens on Brazil’s Icaraí Beach.
The embattled newcomer to Republican Rep. George Santos of New York is under mounting pressure to resign as key details of his backstory continue to be uncovered. So far he has refused to resign
A Brazilian drag queen named Eula Rochard told an independent journalist Marisa Kabas that she was the other person in the photo and named Santos, now 34, as her friend next to her.
Rochard described Santos to NBC News as having a “full blown sense of greatness” and said he lied frequently.
She said Santos “was never the kind of drag queen to hold the show down.”
Santos’ critics have made it clear that their problem does not lie with his alleged cross-dressing, but with his hypocrisy of aligning himself with ideologies in the Republican Party that actively oppose the LGBTQ lifestyle.
But the newly minted congressman condemned the claim as “false” and accused the media of chasing “outrageous” stories.
“The recent media obsession claiming that I am or ‘performing’ as a drag queen is categorically false,” Santos wrote on Twitter Thursday morning.
“The media continues to make outrageous claims about my life as I work to deliver results. I don’t let it distract me or worry me.’
He has rejected all calls to resign, and since arriving on Capitol Hill he appears to have aligned himself with conservative lawmakers — many of whom have made opposition to community drag shows a cornerstone of their culture war platforms.
But in the 2008 photo, the person identified as Santos appears to be wearing a strapless red top or dress while sporting longer brown hair. While the photo is grainy, some makeup elements are visible.
His Democratic critics have accused Santos of hypocrisy for aligning himself with people whose ideologies view the drag community as an object of contempt.
The Santos Convention Bureau did not respond to a request from DailyMail.com Wednesday night.
On Thursday morning, Santos hit out at claims he once performed as a drag queen in Brazil
Two acquaintances of the ailing congressman told Reuters in a report late Wednesday that Santos participated in Brazilian drag shows a decade and a half ago.
One of those people was Rouchard, who claimed Santos had been involved in the Rio de Janeiro cross-dressing scene since around 2005.
Rochard reportedly recalled that Santos was called “Anthony” rather than “George” back then. She said she was in her late teens when she met Santos.
George Anthony Devolder Santos is the full name of the congressman.
“Anthony Devolder” was also the name Santos used when he allegedly cheated a disabled veteran out of charity money to save his dying dog.
Santos responded to the allegation on Twitter on Thursday. The reports that I would let a dog die are shocking and insane.
“My work in animal welfare was the work of love and hard work. In the last 24 hours I have received pictures of dogs that I have helped trim down over the years along with messages of support,” he wrote. “These distractions won’t stop me!”
This photo emerged on Wednesday and is said to show Santos, now 34, crossdressing in 2008
Navy veteran Rich Osthoff, who was homeless at the time, told CNN he was connected to Santos because of his experience rescuing animals when his service dog, a pit bull named Sapphire, developed a tumor.
Santos reportedly set up a GoFundMe for the dog. But after raising $3,000, he reportedly became hard to reach and eventually disappeared with the money.
The dog died.
And Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have guaranteed that Santos will have his own workload in Congress, despite growing concerns about his place on Capitol Hill.
He will serve on two committees at the 118th Congress – the Small Business Panel and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Meanwhile, Santos is under investigation by federal and state authorities, as well as a congressional ethics probe into questions about how he came to his recent personal fortune, including the $700,000 he donated to his 2022 campaign.
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