It isn’t as if there aren’t more than enough legitimate accusations one can make against Rep. George Santos, the phony, lying, none-too-bright Republican from New York who somehow faked his way into Congress Nonetheless, the Republican-hating news media still has to manufacture absurd accusations against this jerk to demonize the whole party, to wit: Based on the instant captured in the photo above, we were told…
- “In a now-viral photo, Santos is shown with his fingers forming an OK gesture, a symbol that the Anti-Defamation League calls a sincere expression of white supremacy.”[Vanity Fair]
- “Embattled Republican congressman George Santos faced criticism after he appeared to flash a white supremacist symbol while casting his vote on the House floor.” [Pink News]
- “Incoming Rep. George Santos appeared to flash a widely known white supremacist hand sign on the floor of the U.S. House on Thursday evening, according to images captured by photojournalists.” [Newsday]
- “Newly elected freshman Rep. George Santos (R-NY) makes White power gesture as he casts his vote for House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.” [Intellectualist]
- “While raising his right hand to signal his vote in support of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for House Speaker on Thursday, Santos made an “OK” hand gesture with his left hand.It’s unclear why Santos made the gesture, but some right-wing trolls have increasingly used the “OK” symbol as a way to signal support for white supremacy…” [MSN]
And so on. All completely unfair and contrived, as this video shows:
You see? Santos has his arms crossed and quickly raised his hand to vote, then turned and walked away. Only a lucky photo could catch the millisecond that his fingers seemed to form a circle, and it was obviously not a signal. Who was he signalling? Who was prepared to see it in that momentary flash? Santos isn’t even “white” by white supremacist standards.
The use of the “OK” sign as a white supremacy symbol is largely a hoax anyway, with most of the individuals accused of flashing it being unfairly attacked by shameless Democrats and demented activists, as in the case of Zina Bash, Justice Kavanaugh’s assistant, who was accused of flashing the alleged “white supremacy sign” during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing…
The claim was quickly debunked, but not before despicable activists like Dr. Eugene Gu used the moment to smear both Bash and her boss, writing in a tweet retweeted 12 thousand times, “Kavanaugh’s former law clerk Zina Bash is flashing a white power sign behind him during his Senate confirmation hearing. They literally want to bring white supremacy to the Supreme Court. What a national outrage and a disgrace to the rule of law.” Even conservative NeverTrump blogger Paterico fell for the fantasy.
A cultural delusion seems to have taken hold that if anyone has done dastardly things or has demonstrated bad character, they are no longer entitled to fairness, responsible treatment of simple justice, and the Golden Rule is completely off the table. This, of course, is the approach adopted regarding Donald Trump by most of the news media and much of the public.
This is wrong.