Gay GOP Trump Supporter George Santos Loses NYC House Bid

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday November 20, 2020

George Santos
George Santos  (Source:George Santos for Congres NY-3 / Facebook)

Trump-supporting gay Republican George Santos has lost his bid in New York's 3rd Congressional District to incumbent Democratic Rep. Thomas Suozzi, according to the New York Times. Santos conceded early this week. Had he been elected, he would have been the first openly gay Republican elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Santos' campaign positioned the GOP candidate as a far-right choice with all the usual bells and whistles — vociferously anti-socialist (or, socialist according to GOP definitions), pro-life, and a proponent of Back the Blue. With regard to the latter, Santos advocates for ending bail reform, increasing police funding, and little to no gun control.

Predictably, Santos also peddled the usual GOP conspiracy theories — such as accusing Democrats of "working double time to stop the first ever Gay #Republican from serving in congress. I know why, it would #destroy their narrative!"

And that he, along with Donald Trump, is a victim of voter fraud — without offering any evidence:

And finally — in a tweet mistakenly peddling a conspiracy theory as "#facts" — that President-elect Joe Biden will conspire with China to bring another pandemic to the US by way of movie theaters:

Par for the course with gay Republicans, Santos has confoundingly supported anti-LGBTQ GOP politicians — his colleagues who would sooner take away rights and protections he enjoys — such as Michelle Steel, a GOP House candidate who pulled her daughter from UC Santa Cruz for being "brainwashed" into supporting the LGBTQ community:

Mirroring the brazen assertions without much in the way evidence of Log Cabin Republicans and out GOP-er Richard Grenell, Santos appeared on local news in October praising Trump, "I think that this president has done more for the community than his predecessors." Despite the fact the Trump administration has rolled back LGBTQ rights and protections acquired under the previous administration.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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