George Santos: Santos says he’s “not a drag queen in Brazil” but had “fun at a festival.”

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Defeated Republican representative George Santos denied allegations that he was a “drag queen in Brazil” and told reporters on Saturday that he was “having fun at a festival” as he declined to deal with questions from reporters about denied claim that his mother was at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

“No, guys, I wasn’t a drag queen in Brazil. I was young and having fun at a festival. They trained me because I have a life,” Santos told reporters at LaGuardia Airport, marking his first public response to the reports that emerged earlier this week.

The congressman – an out gay man – was identified by a longtime Brazilian drag performer who posted a picture of herself with another person in drag, who she claimed was Santos, during a parade in the Rio de Janeiro area in 2008 .

Santos initially denied that he “acts as a drag queen,” but does not seem to deny that he is in the picture. He tweeted on Thursday that “the recent media obsession that claims I am, or ‘did’, a drag queen is categorically false.”

The latest charge comes as Santos, who represents New York’s 3rd Circuit, faced immense scrutiny last month for lying and misrepresenting his educational, work and family history, including that alleged that his mother was in the World Trade Center at the time of the 2001 terrorist’s death. attacks.

On Saturday, Santos completely ignored several questions about his mother’s whereabouts on 9/11, instead directing his anger at the press.

“I have zero take for you now. My view on you now is that I am focused on serving the American people and I am super excited,” said Santos, adding that he is committed to “many” constituents and is going back to his District is Washington, DC, where attended a meeting Friday evening.

He declined to say who he met, saying it was “secret.”

Santos has repeatedly criticized and complained to journalists who are questioning where his mother was on September 11. Immigration records show she was not in the United States at the time of the terrorist attacks, although she claimed she was in the South Tower.

He refused to comment on his duties discussed in the committee, and also ignored a question about whether he had spoken with Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy.

CNN reported this week that Santos was selected to serve on two subcommittees of the House of Representatives: the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Santos had privately pushed for GOP leaders to serve on two other high-profile committees, one overseeing the financial sector and another overseeing foreign policy, but senior Republicans refused the pitch as some chairmen were reluctant. to let him record their boards, CNN previously reported.


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