Say what you want about the media’s takes on the struggle to elect a House Speaker, but as someone pointed out, nothing that happened over the past few days was unconstitutional. Things go ugly at times, but differences were hashed out and we have a Speaker at last.
One of the dumbest stories we’ve seen emerge from the process is that George Santos, the elected representative who appears to have lied about just about everything in his biography, allegedly shot the “white power” hand gesture during the voting.
Here’s the moment when @Santos4Congress was photographed supposedly flashing the white power sign. Santos is a sleezy person who hangs out with sleezy people, but I’m not buying that he purposely flashed a white power sign. #SpeakerVote #Speakerofthehouse #GeorgeSantos pic.twitter.com/m5IgcFHKNH
— Devin ☕🌞🌻 (@devinhardin6) January 7, 2023
You’d have to be pretty quick to catch that, but the cameras did.
Newly elected freshman Rep. George Santos (R-NY) makes gestures with his hands as he casts his vote for House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy in the 10th round of voting for Speaker of the House on the 3rd day of Congress. Reuters Photo by Evelyn Hockstein @evelynpix pic.twitter.com/gH5WV2ZXxb
— Jim Bourg (@jimbourg) January 6, 2023
Of course, MSNBC’s Joy Reid picked up on it in her show, noting how it happened when Byron Donalds, who is black (but not really black, but rather a “prop” whose policies are “intent on upholding and perpetuating white supremacy,”) according to Rep. Cori Bush, was in the running. Santos should have been voting for Donalds, then.
We asked George Santos’ communications director about the hand gesture he flashed on the U.S. House floor, but she had no response before closing the office door on us via @Newsday
— Laura Figueroa Hernandez (@Laura_Figueroa) January 6, 2023
Is shame something that journalists just inherently lack? https://t.co/xVVc9AY08d
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) January 7, 2023
Where is the journalist? That’s a narrative pushing hack.
— Doctor of Coding Thinkology (@bradcundiff) January 7, 2023
hopefully she rolled her eyes at you people first
— Jonathon Snyder (@JonathonSnyder) January 7, 2023
OMG. You mean to tell me that he is a white guy now?
— Lasiavas (@lasiavas) January 7, 2023
Apparently the party that believes how people identify themselves is a burning social and moral issue is okay with Santos identifying as white.
— Craig Jones ☕ (@ChatDubh) January 7, 2023
Seriously? Do you have nothing else on your plate?
— Jason Epstein (@Southfive) January 7, 2023
This should be the response to every reporter
— Island Law (@MWDMC) January 7, 2023
LMFAO. You journos are so useless. Holy hell!
— Robert K Craig (@N7Verner) January 7, 2023
I mean, that is the correct response. Every staffer and elected official’s immediate response should always be to hang up on you or close the door in your face.
— OldAbeBurnerAccount (@OldAbeBurnerAcc) January 7, 2023
Maybe you should just have looked at the video rather than pushing nonsense?
— Dr. Nickarama (@nickaramaOG) January 7, 2023
You guys still think the okay symbol is racist?
— InsightForFools (@FoolsInsight) January 7, 2023
The left is so gullible lmao
— JOHN (@john2024miller) January 7, 2023
— Dan-The-Mansogynist (@dfeakins76) January 7, 2023
A question you’ve never asked a single Democrat caught in a photo making the same gesture, of course.
— Jay Dubb (@JayDubbTX) January 7, 2023
We have photos of tons of Democrats flashing the white power sign, including our last and previous Democrat presidents. Of course, Santos has lied about his background, so how can we trust that he’s a real white supremacist?
Rep. Cori Bush says House Speaker nominee Byron Donalds stands for ‘perpetuating white supremacy’ https://t.co/BxTEhqpM99
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 4, 2023