Under multiple investigations for lying extensively about his background to get elected, the New York Republican on Monday directed his attention at comedians who have, predictably, gone to town with the wild scandal that just keeps giving.
“I have now been enshrined in late night TV history with all these impersonations, but they are all TERRIBLE so far,” Santos tweeted. “Jon Lovitz is supposed to be one of the greatest comedians of all time and that was embarrassing— for him not me! These comedians need to step their game up.”
Since his election, Santos has been caught out over an ever-growing list of falsehoods about his life, including misrepresenting his mother’s death, saying his grandparents fled the Holocaust, lying about attending college and pretending to have Jewish heritage. To add to the mess, he’s also been accused of campaign finance violations, scamming a disabled veteran over his dying dog and having a secret past as a drag performer called Kitara in Brazil. (Santos has denied those allegations.)
As such, with fodder aplenty, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert’s shows have all brought on comics to play the lawmaker, as did “Saturday Night Live.” One “SNL” alum, Jon Lovitz, took on the role on “The Tonight Show.”
Santos’ bizarre Twitter gripe (and immense failure to read the room) earned him an additional roasting:
Santos even got into a back-and-forth with former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Trixie Mattel, who quoted Santos’ own comments about a photo appearing to show him in drag: