‘I was young and I had fun’: George Santos admits he dressed like a woman but denies being a drag queen

Some of the mystery that is freshman Rep. George Santos (R-NY) may have come undone Saturday when the congressman testily confirmed certain flamboyant images that had surfaced were him “young” having “fun at a festival.”

(Video: TMZ)

While many ignore the greater mystery that is how Santos got elected seemingly without either party thoroughly investigating his heavily discredited background, focus has remained on trying to determine what, if any, of his story is true. Saturday, after touching down at an airport in New York after departing Washington, D.C., the openly gay lawmaker was flanked by journalists hoping to confirm whether he was also a drag queen.

“Look guys, I wish you guys well. I’m going to go in an elevator and I’m gonna go to my car and I’m gonna go home,” he tried as he hurried along unable to shake the small group before one asked, “Were you ever a drag queen in Brazil?”

Rather than outright deny the fact that photo evidence had surfaced of Santos dressing in drag more than 15 years ago, he endeavored to qualify the apparent proof by telling the reporter, “No. I was not a drag queen in Brazil. I was young and I had fun at a festival.”

The answer was a stark turnaround from the congressman’s initial reaction to reports he had performed on at least one occasion under the pseudonym Kitara Ravache that lead him to post, “The most recent obsession from the media claiming that I am a drag Queen or ‘performed’ as a drag Queen is categorically false.”

Santos continued, “The media continues to make outrageous claims about my life while I am working to deliver results. I will not be distracted nor fazed by this.”

Since the initial report, that included a photo, others had managed to scare up video of a young Santos in a sequined red dress in a setting that appeared to be backstage at an outdoor venue with loud music playing.

Independent journalist Marisa Kabas’ investigation into Santos’ background led her to interview Brazilian drag queen Eula Rochard who had verified the congressman was featured in an image with him but that everyone referred to him by his middle name, Anthony, or his supposed drag name, Kitara.

Further investigation has also suggested that Santos may have taken to editing a post on Wikipedia in 2011 under an alias. According to POLITICO, the user bio for the alleged alias Anthony Devolder read he started “his ‘stage’ life at age 17 as [a] gay night club DRAG QUEEN and with that won [several] GAY ‘BEAUTY [PAGEANTS].”

While many have demanded Republicans oust Santos from their conference for misleading voters, comedian Bill Maher suggested on his latest episode of “Real Time” that Democrats are equally to blame because in the district that President Joe Biden had won by roughly eight points, the congressman eked a similar margin of victory because “He told them what they wanted to hear too.”

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