Ever since the House Ethics Committee released its damning report on George Santos yesterday, the chatter has been non-stop. Yes, it appears the flamboyant fabulist used campaign funds to subscribe to sex workers on OnlyFans — but whose content is Santos paying for?
Two early claimants have emerged on Twitter/X. First, from plus-size porn star Leila Lewis. “THIS GUY WAS SUBBED TO ME HAHAHAHA,” she tweeted, following up with “i rated his dick 😭😭😭.” An unenviable prospect.
The other comes from Twitch streamer Soogz1, who boasts 2.3 million Twitter/followers. “my top spender ,” she wrote yesterday, along with a screenshot purporting to show that a user called George Santos had spent $435,621.13 on her content — $340,752.72 in messages and over $90,000 in tips.
Of course, it’s eminently possible that these OnlyFans girls are pretending to be Santos favorites, in order to go viral and convert that attention into more subscribers — and as Cockburn is also sustained by a subscription-based model, he’d find it hard to blame them if so. If that’s the case, who can we trust to tell us who Santos really subbed to? You’d be hard pressed to argue that the man himself will do so…
Cam girl Democrat’s latest tease
Virginia Democrats had a better night than many were expecting on Election Day, but the assortment of not-safe-for-work candidates they trotted out fell short.
Susanna Gibson, the state House candidate who bared too much of herself during her campaign, got the Associated Press to tease her next moves after she came up just short in a Democratic-leaning district.
Gibson, whose on-screen sex acts likely cost her an easy win, said she was shocked that people would record her porn and distribute it — and now she’s potentially following in the footsteps of disgraced Congresswoman Katie Hill, who resigned when naked photos of her that were posted online went mega-viral. Hill now runs a PAC for women candidates.
Gibson, too, plans to stay involved in politics. She will be “laser-focused” on helping millennial women — in part because she thinks that “very few millennial women who are aging into running for office, who don’t have some kind of [sexually explicit] picture or video on their device, on a partner’s device, somewhere on their iCloud.” The difference in her case, however, is that her sexually explicit photos were on an online porn site, sold by her.
While Hill is probably done running for office herself, Gibson is not. “I won’t lose next time,” she predicted.
Candace heads through the Wire
The latest casualty of Hamas’s surprise attack on southern Israel may be Candace Owens’s career with Ben Shapiro.
The controversial former left-winger and Kanye West ally seems to be doing everything she can to antagonize management to get herself canceled, perhaps hoping for an even bigger platform than she already has.
On the surface, the issue seems to be Owens’s disdain for Israel’s response to Hamas’s invasion of its southern border, which has included veiled allegations of an Israeli “genocide.” Shapiro, on the other hand, is one of the most prominent defenders of Israel’s response to Hamas terrorists. He called her conduct “disgraceful” in response to a question in a video.
Owens has been cloaking her subtweets at Shapiro in Bible verses — a sharp turn for a past appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast, where she said that debating religion is “not my, like, shtick, I guess.”
“By all means quit,” Shapiro tweeted at Owens, who lashed out at her boss, saying that he has in turn “been acting unprofessional and emotionally unhinged for weeks now.”
Owens — who has a Daily Wire show of her own — then dropped an episode with Tucker Carlson on Twitter/X, where they continued the Shapiro dust-up, although she said she is on good terms with her DW colleagues.
For some time, Owens’s at-times cringe-inducing commentary has put her tenure at Shapiro’s outlet in an awkward position, especially as it tries to convert itself into an investigative journalism powerhouse.
Sometimes, getting “canceled” can prove lucrative, but the jury is out on the most recent Daily Wire brouhaha, in which Mug Club founder Steven Crowder “canceled” himself out of a contract worth tens of millions of dollars, because he didn’t want to work all the time.
Pearl-clutching at the Economist
“Donald Trump poses the biggest danger to the world in 2024,” declares the Economist, a result that puts to shame Hamas, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, the ayatollah, Elon Musk, looming World War Three, AI, “misinformation,” TikTok, racism and climate change.
“A shadow looms over the world,” their editorial intones. “Because MAGA Republicans have been planning his second term for months,” the Economist argues, “Trump 2 would be more organized than Trump 1. True believers would occupy the most important positions.”
Cockburn thinks the esteemed magazine should take a longer view and recall the ineptitude, backstabbing and factionalism that characterized much of Trump 1. Many of the same tribes will be vying for influence — does the Economist really believe any one of them has “defined Trumpism” enough to shut out the others and endanger the global order more than, say, a Chinese invasion of Taiwan?