- George Santos appeared to admit to acting as a drag queen in an old Wikipedia entry.
- Politico accessed a Wikipedia page where a user with a known alias of Santos wrote about his past as a drag queen.
- Santos called claims that he performed in drag many years ago a “shocking” lie.
Beleaguered Republican Rep. George Santos appeared to admit to acting as a drag queen in an old Wikipedia entry, Politico reported.
Santos claimed Thursday that reports that he acted as a drag queen several years ago were a “shocking” lie in a rare public denial of claims made about his past.
Her denial came after two of her acquaintances told Reuters that the lawmaker used to compete in drag beauty pageants in Brazil.
Politico accessed a Wikipedia page showing a user named Anthony Devolder, an alias known to be used by Santos, writing that he “began his ‘stage’ life at age 17 as a gay nightclub DRAG QUEEN and with that he won various GAY ‘BEAUTY’. PAGENTS.'”
Videos and social media posts from several years ago show Santos going by the name Anthony Devolder.
The Wikipedia biography, which was last edited on April 29, 2011, also contains biographical details that match the New York congressman.
This includes his date of birth of July 22, 1988, and the fact that he was born into a Brazilian family with a European background.
Santos was not immediately available for comment.
The lawmaker has been caught lying about vast swaths of his life and history, ranging from his education and employment history to his religion and claims his mother died on 9/11 when he wasn’t even in the country.
Questions about his drag queen past have been raised after the congressman has sided with some of the most right-wing Republican lawmakers.
Santos, who is gay, has backed legislation criticized for harming LGBTQ people, such as Florida’s parental rights in education bill, which critics have labeled the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, because that prohibits the discussion of LGBTQ issues in classrooms.
Santos’ alleged drag queen past has surfaced amid a right-wing anti-gay disinformation campaign that attempts to link drag shows to grooming. A Texas Republican, Bryan Slaton, called them a “disturbing trend in which kinky adults are obsessed with sexualizing young children.”