A gay Republican politician has claimed his fiancé was fired for attending a controversial New Year's Eve fete at Mar-a-Lago.
George Santos, who ran for office unsuccessfully in 2020 in New York's Third Congressional District, said on Twitter Saturday that a New York Times piece linked to an Instagram post of the event from his account.
The article did not mention Santos or his partner by name. But it did reference his photograph of the menu, which referred to "Mr. Trump’s Wedge Salad." The reporting pointed out that the gathering at President Trump's Florida resort, at $1,000 per ticket, was largely maskless despite being indoors during a pandemic.
The president had originally intended to attend the event but was called to Washington, D.C., the night before. However, family members like Donald Trump Jr. and Eric, Lara, and Tiffany Trump as well as supporters Kimberly Guilfoyle and Rudolph Giuliani were in attendance. It also featured performances from Taylor Dayne, Terri Nunn, and Vanilla Ice.
Santos said on Twitter that the backlash from his attendance was so severe that he and his fiancé had to flee his residence with their pets. His partner, whose name he did not mention, was also fired from his job as a pharmacist, Santos claimed. "The violence against us is real," he wrote.
"My fiancé & I had to leave our home this evening with our 4 dogs thanks to the @nytimes publishing of my Instagram showing me attending the #MarALago New Year’s Eve party," he wrote in the Twitter post. "My fiancé a pharmacist who worked 12h/7days shifts for 9 months was fired! The violence against us is real."
"@nytimes you have exposed my family to danger and have striped one of us of our livelihood! This is unAmerican," he added.
Santos's Instagram account was public at the time of the Times reporting. It is now been switched to private. However, the photographs are still available on the politician's campaign Facebook account.
In addition to a photograph of the menu, Santos had shared images of himself and his partner, maskless and in tuxedos, posing at the Palm Beach venue with high-profile Trump allies like Giuliani.
Around 500 guests were invited to the gala, which required an invitation or a Mar-a-Lago membership. As of Sunday, Santos said on Twitter that he was being targeted with hate messages for his attendance at the NYE event. "Hate is a sickness. I’ll pray for everyone that continues to wish ill upon us," he wrote.
Santos, a 32-year-old Queens native, is notable for being the first out gay Republican congressional candidate in New York. The Times has not responded to Santos's allegation at the time of this article's publication.