‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star pokes fun at embattled NY congressman George Santos on Twitter

The Associated Press

After he told reporters he dressed in drag, Rep. George Santos (R-NY) dragged comedians on Twitter for doing a “terrible” job of impersonating him and his drag persona, “Kitara Ravache.”

But Trixie Mattel, one of the most beloved winners of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” could read right through his online tirade. Just as RuPaul says when introducing one of the challenges on the wildly popular MTV series in which contestants poke fun at each other’s drag performances, “the library is open.”

Santos remarked on how he’s become the target of late-night comedy shows, including “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Saturday Night Live.”

He took to Twitter to insult Jon Lovitz’s impression of him in a skit on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last weekend.

“I have now been enshrined in late night TV history with all these impersonations, but they are all TERRIBLE so far,” Santos said on Twitter. “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.”

Mattel replied to his tweet, sparking a heated volley of insults between the drag queen and the congressman.

“Maybe the source material was weak,” Mattel offered.

Santos shot back with an animated GIF of Mattel impersonating RuPaul while on the show.

“Clearly you know all about weak acting skills,” he wrote.

To that, Mattel repeated what Santos said when photos of him in drag first emerged, with a slight tweak: “I am not an actor! I was young and I had fun at a festival!”

Santos’ history as a drag queen burst onto the political playing field about a week ago when photos from 2008 surfaced of him seemingly dressed in drag in Brazil. He called the accusation that he had ever been a drag queen “categorically false,” according to Reuters.

Then on Saturday, Jan. 21, reporters ambushed him at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport as he returned home and asked if he had ever been a drag queen, according to multiple outlets.

“No, I was not a drag queen in Brazil, guys,” he told reporters, according to CNN. “I was young, and I had fun at a festival. Sue me for having a life.”

Santos has continued to downplay his past as conservative politicians have increasingly introduced bills criminalizing drag and restricting any performance that depicts characters of the opposite gender.

He has also recently responded to allegations that he’s repeatedly lied about his life and his qualifications while on the campaign trail, McClatchy News previously reported.

Mattel fans praised her for the clapbacks, often called a “read” on the Drag Race series.

Rep. Robert Garcia, a Democrat from California, replied and asked her to “please keep engaging in politics we need you legend.”

“You deserve the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor for that read,” he added.

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