George Santos asks people for their credit card details and the internet has thoughts

Rep. George Santos is in dire need of some money. Yesterday, he posted a tweet directly asking people to donate to help keep him in Congress.

“I’m surrounded by RINO’s and Democrats!🤦🏻‍♂️”, Santos said. “NY-3 is cornered, I need you all to stand up and help me stay in the fight! Donate today and help keep the only Long Island rep that voted for #JimJordanforSpeaker fighting for you!”

NY-3 is the district Santos—the first out-gay Republican elected to the US House—represents.

That Santos is in desperate need of money is no surprise. Last Sunday he, like other lawmakers, had to file his financial records for the third quarter of the year. Santos stuck out as he reported raising a negative sum of money. To the tune of -$16,526.

How does one raise a negative amount of money? In this case, it’s when one has to give refunds to previous contributors who want their money back. And when your treasurer comes across some debt they were previously unaware of and has to add it to the books.

The charges against George Santos

Lawmakers asking for donations is not unusual… but George Santos is not your typical Representative. Within weeks of his election victory in 2022, it emerged he’d fabricated most of his résumé and background. Serious questions were asked about his campaign finances.

He’s now facing 23 federal charges relating to wire fraud, money laundering, and theft of public funds. He was hit with the initial 13 charges in May. Earlier this month, ten further charges were added. At the time, Breon Peace, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said Santos was accused of “stealing people’s identities and making charges on his own donors’ credit cards without their authorization, lying to the FEC and, by extension, the public about the financial state of his campaign.”

Specifically, the new charges allege Santos charged more than $44,000 to his campaign using credit card numbers stolen from his contributors.

Santos is denying all the charges against him.

Despite this, Santos’ latest tweet had the internet rolling its eyes. Firstly, few people felt inclined to share their credit card details for anything Santos-related, even if the donations go through WinRed, the official Republican fundraising organization.

Secondly, there’s a good chance Santos may end up in jail if found guilty of even some of the charges leveled against him. And thirdly, even if found not guilty, other Republicans have indicated they want him out. Former speaker Kevin McCarthy laughed at the notion of supporting Santos in 2024. Santos is unlikely to win a primary contest for his seat.

Santos’ tweet was instantly ratioed (prompting more replies than likes). Here’s what some people said.

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