A Republican Congressional candidate has claimed his pharmacist fiancé was fired after the New York Times linked to his Instagram showing the couple ringing in the new year at Mar-a-Lago.
George Santos, who unsuccessfully sought a seat for New York’s 3rd District, lashed out at the newspaper on Saturday, accusing it of exposing his family to ‘danger’ and stripping his fiancé of his ‘livelihood.’
‘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,’ Santos said in a tweet.
He explained his fiance, a pharmacist who had worked ’12h/7day shifts’ for nine months during the pandemic, lost his job as a result of the article.
Failed congressional candidate for New York’s 3rd District, George Santos (right) claimed his fiance (left) was fired after the New York Times linked to his Instagram showing photos of the couple celebrating NYE in Mar-a-Lago
Santos shared a tweet on Saturday claiming the couple had to leave their home after his fiance lost his job as a pharmacist over the photos
‘The violence against us is real,’ Santos added, although he did not elaborate as to why the couple had to leave their home.
President Trump’s annual New Year’s Eve bash drew criticism this year after hundreds of guests gathered at the resort despite coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations soaring to record levels across the US.
Santos shared multiple photos of the ornately decorated ballroom, the dinner menu, as well as some of him and his fiance posing with Trump allies like Rudy Giuliani.
In some of photos, guests were seen huddled closely together, with no masks in sight.
Santos, of Queens, New York, had shared multiple photos from the party where he was seen rubbing shoulders with Trump allies including Rudy Giuliani
Trump’s annual New Year’s Eve gala at his Mar-a-Lago resort drew criticism this year after hundreds of maskless guests gathered at the ballroom amid rising coronavirus cases
Santos accused the NYT of stripping his fiance of his ‘livelihood’
Santos also shared his grievances on Instagram, writing in a caption: ‘@Nytimes you have exposed my family to danger and have striped (sic) one of us of our livelihood! This is unAmerican.’
The New York Times is yet to respond to the Santos’s accusations.
The annual NYE bash is a tradition that pre-dates Trump’s time at the White House and hundreds of people typically attend.
The main ballroom can hold 700 people and there are smaller ballrooms available to add to the crowd size.
President Trump and First Lady Melania were forced to skip the event this year amid his battle with Congress over the COVID-19 relief bill.
Tickets to the event were going for $1,000 each, one person attending the gala told DailyMail.com. A person has to be a member of Mar-a-Lago or a guest of a member in order to attend.
Inside the huge function room before the revelers arrived for the glittering Palm Beach bash
Guests dined on a menu that included ‘Mr. Trump’s Wedge Salad,’ cheese tortellini and a Wagyu beef entree
The Trumps: The president’s children gathered at his Mar-a-Lago estate for his annual New Year’s Eve gala on Thursday
Despite the controversy, Santos’s account and photos of the party remain public.
Earlier posts from his social media accounts show the 32-year-old rubbing elbows with other members of the Trump clan at other political events.
In August, he shared a photo at ‘Trumpstock’, a Trump boat parade held in Montauk, Long Island, where he was seen posing alongside Kimberley Guilfoyle.
Santos, from Jackson Heights in Queens, was the first openly gay Congressional candidate in the NY GOP.
He launched a grassroots campaign in 2020 ‘to stop Socialism from establishing itself in our great country.’
Earlier posts from his social media accounts show the 32-year-old rubbing elbows with other members of the Trump clan at other political events