GEORGE SANTOS STARTS NAMING NAMES

Santos Starts Spilling the Tea

Will a serial liar and fraudster be believed?

CJ Sterling
3 min readDec 3, 2023

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The kettle is on the boil. Photo by Sélina Farzaei on Unsplash

Dec. 2, 2023. Well, that didn’t take long. George Santos exited the chambers of Congress through a crowd of reporters yesterday after an explusion vote from his former colleagues. During the days preceding the vote, as he resisted calls to resign, he threatened on Twitter, in a three-hour rant, “If I’m going down, I’m taking you with me,” echoing Donald Trump’s threats on Truth Social, “If you come after me, I am coming after you.”

In previous Twitter rants, Santos gossiped about insider trading, affairs with lobbyists; late-night drinking with lobbyists; missed votes due to drunkenness, and, presumably, missed votes due to near-lethal hangovers.

In these rants he did not name names, but they read as a last-minute bid to abandon persuading House members not to vote him out, pivoting to threats of blackmail.

Now he is naming names. As he does, it sheds light on what underlies the fear that holds so many Republicans unwavering in their support of Donald Trump. Trump learned well from his alliance with David Pecker of the National Enquirer, who held a tranche of dirty secrets locked in his safe, in exchange for money and influence over influential people. It is likely that Trump exited the White House with so many boxes of documents for the specific purpose, in part at least, of adding to his own blackmail cache of dirty secrets on members of Congress.

Unless Santos also brought documents or recorded evidence with him, it is certain most of the tea Santos is spilling will be dismissed as lies, fabrication, and fake news. Nevertheless, is it bound to cause chaos in the already-chaotic Republican side of the House. Some of it may stick, and more is bound to come. He announced on Twitter that he will be filing several ethics complaints on Monday.

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CJ Sterling

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